“Two minutes!” my father calls out from the winds eerily whistling above our heads.
Willing time to stop, staring into each other’s eyes with so much left to say before he offers himself to Avira, Mike takes a step towards me bringing our torsos so close together that he can easily rest his chin on my crown. As he wraps his arms around my shoulders, I throw mine around his waist, and as he puts his nose to my scalp and inhales deeply, I smile as I find myself doing the same; standing on tiptoe, craning to lift my face up above the neckline of his armour so I can breathe in the sweet, woodsy, hearth burnt hickory smell that has always emanated from stubbly skin at his throat. I draw in as much of his distinctive scent as I can and hold my breath, willing it to fill my airways and every corner of my mind.
He drops his warm hands to where mine are locked around the small of his back and peels them away. With my trembling hands still folded in his, he takes a small step back, presses his soft lips to my forehead, and lowers his chin so his eyes once again meet mine. And as the amber shards scattered around his rich brown irises flicker with poorly hidden reluctance, he whispers, “Goodbye, Ren…” and turns and runs towards the small group of Tormen assembled at the North end of the Clearing: my father, Tallulah, Morgan, Teddy, Mercy, Mani and Gai included, all readying themselves to meet the attacking force of Avira, the turncoat Goligians and the Bloodstone battalion.
“Goodbye…” I squeak as he sprints further and further away, just like Josh did when he felt he had no choice but to run from me and the fallen body of this father, and into the hands of our ancient enemies.
And like I did Josh, I will Mike to look back but he doesn’t.
Suddenly hollow and lost, I allow the tears to fall, standing in the truth of what all of my births and deaths have taught me: that an end must precede a new beginning, and that Mike and I have just initiated ours.
Title: The 13th Brigade
Author: Kylie Lehman
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The Light bore her.
The Earth whittled her.
The Air swayed her.
The Water cleansed her.
The Fire renewed her.
And after thirteen lifetimes, her blood still condemns her…
As the final battle between her ancient enemies and her kin rages around her, Ren must decide if it will be her first great love, or the great man who has loved her since the first, who will sacrifice their last life on Earth to bring the truth to light to save a world teetering on the brink of eternal darkness.
This second installment of The Rosefire Trilogy by Ky Lehman: a series created for all young adults at heart, answers many of the questions raised in Book 1, THE 13TH DESCENT, as the individual battles of Ren, Josh, Mike and the Tor all come to a head as they wage their final war against humankind’s greatest threat. Ren also must cross swords with the traitorous Tor Princess, Avira, who is determined to claim Mike as her own, so they can live, and forget, together under the Bloodstones dictatorship of the new world: a darkness Ren and The 13th Brigade will fight until their last breath to save Mike, Josh, and the people of Earth from enduring.
The third and final book in The Rosefire Trilogy, THE 13TH RISING, is in the making, and will be coming…soon…
KY LEHMAN is a novelist, a children’s author, a teacher of swimming and water safety and a swim school owner, wife to her high school sweetheart and the proud mother of their three very tall sons. She lives in the Yarra Ranges, Victoria, Australia with her husband and their children where she is currently writing the third book in The Rosefire Trilogy, THE 13TH RISING.
THE 13TH DESCENT Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZzeF_M_GaQ