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  • Heir to the Shadows(Black Jewels,Book 2)(188) by Anne Bishop
  • Focusing on his chosen prey, Lucivar unleashed a burst of Ebon-gray power just as the man reached the bottom of the hill.

    The man fell, both legs neatly broken, his Yellow Jewel drained.

    Lucivar landed at the same moment the old stallion with the broken horn charged the downed man. "Wait!" he yelled as he threw a tight Red shield over the man.

    The stallion screamed in rage and pivoted to face Lucivar.

    "Wait," Lucivar said again. "First I want answers.Then you can pound him."

    The stallion snorted but stopped pawing the ground.

    Keeping a watchful eye on the stallion, Lucivar dropped the shield. Applying a foot to a shoulder, he rolled the man over onto his back. "This is a closed Territory," he said harshly. "Why are you here?"

    "I don't have to answer to the likes of you."

    Brave words for a man with two broken legs. Stupid, but brave.

    Using the Eyrien war blade, Lucivar pointed to the man's right knee and looked at the stallion. "Once. Right there."

    The stallion reared and happily obliged.

    "Shall we try this again?" Lucivar asked mildly once the man stopped screaming. "The other knee or a hand next? Your choice."

    "You've no right to do this. When this is reported—"

    Lucivar laughed. "Reported to whom? And for what? You're an invader waging war on the rightful inhabitants of this island. Who's going to care what happens to you?"

    "The Dark Council, that's who." Sweat beaded the man's forehead as Lucivar fingered the war blade. "You've no claim to this land."

    "Neither do you," Lucivar said coldly.

    "We've a claim, you bat-winged bastard. My Queen and five others were given this island as their new territory. We came here first to settle the territory boundaries and take care of any problems."

    "Like the race that's ruled this land for thousands of years? Yes, I can see how that might be a problem."

    "No one rules here. This is unclaimed land."

    "This is the unicorns' Territory," Lucivar said fiercely.

    "I hurt," the man whined. "I need a Healer."

    "They're all busy. Let's get back to something more interesting. The Dark Council has no right to hand out land, and they have no right to replace an established race who already has a claim."

    "Show me the signed land grant. My Queen has one, properly signed and sealed."

    Lucivar gritted his teeth. "The unicorns rule here."

    The man rolled his head back and forth. "Animals have no rights to the land. Only human claims are considered

    legitimate. Anything that lives here now lives by the Queens' sufferance."

    "They're kindred," Lucivar said, his voice roughened by feelings he didn't want to name. "They're Blood."

    "Animals. Just animals. Get rid of the rogues, the rest might be useful." The man whimpered. "Hurt. Need a Healer."

    Lucivar took a step back. Took another. Oh, yes. Wouldn't the Terreillean bitch-Queens just love to ride around on unicorns? It wouldn't bother them in the least that the animals' spirits would have to be broken before they could do it. Wouldn't bother them at all.

    Three glorious years of living in Kaeleer couldn't cleanse the 1,700 years he'd lived in Terreille. He tried very hard to put the past aside, but there were nights when he woke up shaking. He could control his mind for the most part, but his body still remembered all too well what a Ring of Obedience felt like and what it could do.

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