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  • The Shadow Queen(Black Jewels,Book 7)(152) by Anne Bishop
  • Hell’s fire.

    Theran took a step toward Cassidy, intending to yank her out of a fight she shouldn’t have gotten involved in, since it wasn’t Blood against Blood.

    Then Vae launched herself at the man, and Theran saw a small dog who knew her Craft yank a full-grown man off his feet.

    And heard bone snap as jaws enhanced by Purple Dusk power closed on the man’s forearm.

    The Summer-sky Warlord launched himself at Cassidy. Theran received another shock when Cassidy bared her teeth and met the attack, using the club with enough savagery to break through shields stronger than her own and drive the Warlord back.

    By then Vae was beside Cassidy, Purple Dusk shields around them both.

    *Theran? Theran!*

    *Prince?* one of the guards said. *What should we do?* Damned if he knew. They shouldn’t have been in this fight in the first place.

    *I smell blood,* Vae said.

    Of course you do, you little bitch, Theran thought. You bit a man and tore up his arm.

    But Cassidy looked behind her, then screamed, “SHIRA!”

    The Craft-enhanced sound probably wouldn’t reach the estate, but it was going to shake up the Blood closest to this part of town.

    “You hurt my boys!” the older Warlord shouted as he got to his feet, cradling the broken arm.

    “They hurt the girl,” Cassidy snarled.

    “Landen slut,” the Warlord snarled back.

    “Girl. I am the Queen here, and that makes her one of mine. And no one lays a hand on one of mine.”

    “Queen, is it? Rose-Jeweled bitch, you don’t have the power to be a Queen.”

    “Try me.” Cassidy shifted her stance. “You want a fight? Draw the line.”

    The Warlord hesitated. Theran felt the guards recoil in shock.

    And he saw everything he’d hoped for going down in ruins because of Cassidy’s foolish actions.

    And he saw Gray breaking under the pain of losing her because she wouldn’t survive this fight. Cassidy and Vae against those three Warlords? Even wounded, the males would rip the witches to pieces.

    He hated her. In that moment, when he knew what he had to do and choked on the knowledge, he hated her.

    But making a choice, he stepped across the boundary of that small battleground. “If you want to draw the line, you do that,” he told the Warlord. “But you won’t be meeting her. You’ll be meeting me on the killing field.”

    “And me.” Ranon dropped the sight shield as he moved to guard Cassidy’s left side, his Shalador blade flashing in the sun.

    “Us,” Archerr said, flanking the three Warlords.

    More sight shields were dropped. More blades flashed in the sun.

    Except for Powell and Talon, the whole First Circle was there.

    *How . . . ?Theran asked Ranon.

    *Vae called us.*

    The bitter anger in Ranon’s thoughts made it plain that he thought the First Escort should have been the one to call the court to the Queen’s defense.

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