Catch up with Jennifer Fallon all weekend at AussieCon4.If you can’t make it down, here’s a sneak peek at Jennifer’s upcoming new book, first one in new series The Riftrunners!
‘It shouldn’t be so easy to take an innocent life.’ Amergin cast back his mind, trying to pinpoint the moment in time when taking a life had moved from being a moral dilemma to a political necessity.
‘We’re not going to kill them. We’re going to divide them,’ Marcroy Tarth said. ‘Send one of them away. Somewhere he’ll never be found. Or at least, not found until the Undivided can be replaced with something less dangerous.’ Then he added with a thoughtful frown. ‘We’ll need to do it somewhere there are no witnesses.’
The Druid stared at the sídhe for a long moment. His sharp features were inhumanly pretty; so familiar and yet so alien, his long, straight blond hair, tucked behind his sharply pointed ears, tinged blue by the cave’s magical light. Despite his apparent youth, he seemed even more sinister than usual in the flickering Faerie glow illuminating the icy grotto where this perilous rendezvous was taking place.
Amergin shook his head. ‘I don’t know, Marcroy …’
‘Very well,’ the sídhe lord said with a shrug. ‘I will report back to the Brethren with your answer. I’m sure when I tell them I was unable to find a bloodless way to remove the threat of the Undivided twins destined to destroy our kind, they’ll understand. I mean,’ he added with a sardonic smile, ‘you know how forgiving and understanding the sídhe elders can be.’
‘I’m not trying to anger the Brethren,’ Amergin said, feeling trapped. ‘And you know I would never do anything to endanger your people. But you must understand… I am a Druid. I am sworn to protect my people. If anyone should discover …’
Marcroy smiled patronisingly, a smile made worse by the fact the sídhe lord looked like a lad and
not a creature who’d lived longer than Amergin cared to contemplate. ‘The whole purpose of opening the rift without witnesses, brother, would be to prevent discovery, would it not?’
‘You’re asking me to betray my own race.’
‘On the contrary. I am offering you a chance to save your race. The Brethren have spoken. They have seen what will happen in other realms, where RónánDarragh have grown to manhood, united. They will not permit it to happen in our reality.’
Amergin was shocked by what Marcroy seemed to be suggesting. ‘Are you telling me the Brethren would kill the boys, themselves?’
‘They can’t,’ Marcroy said. ‘You know that. Orlagh’s treaty with your kind protecting the Undivided binds all the sídhe races. But there are ways around such oaths.’
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