Monday, 20 January 2020

REVIEW - FERAL - FIRST BLOODS BY TRACY KORN

Title: Feral
Series: First Bloods
Author: Tracy Korn
Genre: Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Thriller, Dystopian
Release Date: 1st October 2019

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Don't look.
Never let them look. 

The pain is always worse when they know...

Knox Ryder dreams of becoming an Authorized medic in The Citadel, an opportunity that would literally cost him years of his life. But when a gruesome accident actually opens the door, the new price of his dream is even steeper.

When time is currency, what's your humanity worth?

✔ Heart-pounding plot twists
✔ Run-for-your-life action



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REVIEW
I kind of came across this one by accident whilst looking for another book and the cover caught my eye and I had to read the blurb, then I decided I really liked the sound of the world within the book and just had to read it. The genre's I have seen listed for the book are Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Thriller and Dystopian which I agree with them all and would possibly add Horror to that list too.

There’s a preface which explains the world and how society is expected to live. Basically, the world is rapidly becoming more and more over populated as well as everything being so expensive. The US leads the way to pass the new legacy credit laws that on first look seem to be the perfect solution to ever increasing to people paying medical bills or other debts. In exchange for payment you give years off the end of your life. A simple mathematical algorithm is used to calculate life span. If you die without paying your debt it is passed on to your next of kin and becomes their debt. If you have no family your debt is spread out among your community. Special chips called “legacy chips” are inserted in people’s brains and they keep track of years left and years owed. Anyone with a legacy chip is given notice when they are down to their last 24 hours so they have time to put anything they need to in order and say their goodbyes to friends and family.

Then the prequel begins with the three main characters of Pritchard, Knox and Donovan who all work at the increasingly dangerous ship yard. Pritchard loses his hat due to the wind and moans that the hat had cost him two hours of life! Knox tells Pritchard off for using his life hours to buy a hat that he could have lent him the money for. Pritchard is quite blasé about it saying that two hours is nothing in the terms of his life. Pritchard also berates Knox for thinking he can save enough money to ever leave the “Grind” where the poorer “have nots” live and gain entrance to the “Citadel” where the richer “have everything” people live and become a medic. Knox is pretty good as an unofficial medic outside the Citadel helping people who live in the Grind. He isn’t the only one who gives first aid and does the job of a Citadel medic out in the Grind with the poor people. An unlicensed medic in the Grind if caught would face a large amount of years taken from their lives, as would the person they were helping. When Knox is badly hurt, he insists on going to fellow Grind unofficial medic Nyssa for help instead of being taken to the Citadel and paying an extortionate amount of years to be helped. Knox is in for a shock as when he comes around from passing out, it soon becomes clear that Nyssa has had to do seem rather extensive surgery. However, these Grind medics are caught and blackmailed into working on something top secret within the Citadel. So, Knox and Nyssa get their wishes to work in the Citadel and train as medics but not in the capacity they wanted. They end up paying a higher price than years of their lives. The story then follows what Pritchard, Donovan, Knox and Nyssa have to do in exchange for living & working in the Citadel. It sounds simple, Nyssa is involved in making an injectable substance and Knox, Pritchard and Donovan have to take the syringes containing it secured in a brief case to the client and swap their brief case for one containing the payment from the client. Sound simple? It is until Donovan decides to open the brief case and use one of the syringes on himself and then even worse injects Knox with one of the other syringes. Things get worse when Donovan reveals he has spoken to someone with access to the labs and reveals sometimes the injections work and sometimes they are duds. There are also occasions when the injections cause the person to become out of control and Feral. Knox and Pritchard become even more horrified and nervous when Donovan reveals that his lab insider is actually Kira who is a cleaner. Donovan refills the used syringes with some other liquid he has as he was planning to use one of the syringes on himself all along but never revealed his intention to Pritchard and Knox. Knox hands the refilled syringes in the brief case over to the client and takes the brief case from the client containing the money.
They decide that they need to get back to Nyssa and find out what’s going on. As she makes the substance in the syringes surely, she will have an antidote. They also need to get away from the Citadel as soon as they can and disappearing into the Grind will be impossible. They decide to get Nyssa, and all go to the shipyard to try and get a ride to a far off island somewhere.
I guess the world and then the different substances and the powers they are supposed to give make this book sound complicated but honestly it is explained really well at the beginning of the book and throughout.


This novella length book is just the first of two prequels to book one of the First Bloods series and it does set the scene and foundations of the society really well. I was initially more interested in the whole idea of buying things with years from the end of your life but the plot seems to be going in a different direction, especially at the very end of the novella. The end of the prequel novella reminded me a little of Katie French’s Monster Island series, I can’t quite put my finger on it, it just gave me the same feeling of the possibilities to come next. I am looking forward to reading the second prequel when I can get to it, at the moment it seems a little expensive, especially when you compare the price to that of the first book Bad Seed which is book one of the First Bloods Series and I have pre-ordered for just 99p.

REST OF THE SERIES SO FAR
Title: Nervous Water
Series: First Bloods
Author: Tracy Korn
Genre: Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Thriller, Dystopian
Release Date: 5th November 2019

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She’s not supposed to exist… They’re only stories.
But there’s something in the water…

In the time before man, there were others. Perfect beings of the earth, water, air, and fire. The world was theirs during the unrecorded time. And for a while, there was peace.

To Cora of The Shallows, Princess of the Undines and Captain of The Queen’s Guard, humans have been the enemy for centuries. Now, the tide is turning, and staying hidden is no longer an option.

The Lawless of The Depths have struck a terrifying alliance with another former enemy, and like it or not, Cora must navigate the hazardous water between the two sides to save two men from different worlds.

One, a loyal brother in arms, and the other, a soldier destined to lead…if he survives following his heart.


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Title: Bad Seed
Series: First Bloods
Author: Tracy Korn
Genre: Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Thriller, Dystopian
Release Date: 5th November 2019

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Something Is Coming...

In a world where debt is obsolete and time is literally money, botanist Frankie Mason works tirelessly to find a cure for a monstrous virus gripping the city.

But when she starts getting too close to the truth about the source of the virus, she finds herself at Scrapper Island penal colony—an upside-down reality of shadows and whispers where people vanish, and one mysterious prisoner is an unwilling soldier in a supernatural war.

If Frankie can save him from himself, could they have a chance at saving humanity?

One-click now to start the clock.......


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Saturday, 18 January 2020

BOOK BLITZ - WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR? BY SARAH SUTTON

Heart-melting and romantic, What Are Friends For? is a swoon-worthy best-friends-to-lovers story that will leave you crushing hard.
Title: What Are Friends For?
Author: Sarah Sutton
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Release Date: 14th January 2020

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FALLING IN LOVE ISN'T COMPLICATED...UNLESS IT'S WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND.

A close, easygoing friendship can all change with just one kiss. Seventeen-year-old Remi Beaufort learns this the hard way when she plays a blindfolded kissing game at a party.
She thinks she’s kissing Jeremy, the totally hot basketball player she’s been crushing on. And the kiss…it’s amazing. Heart-stopping, world-changing, toe-curling. The kiss makes her forget about her overbearing mother, the next-door neighbor’s drama, and the probability that she’ll fail her senior year. The best kiss of her life makes all that fall away.

Until her blindfold falls off, and she realizes that instead of kissing her crush, she’s kissing Elijah, her best friend since third grade.

Though she manages to convince Elijah that he was kissing his girlfriend, Remi can’t get the thought of his lips on hers out of her head. As things between them grow more and more complicated—because it turns out her fantasizing about his mouth is more of a problem than it sounds—Remi has to make a choice: does she live the rest of her life loving her best friend in secret? Or does she tell the truth and risk ruining their friendship forever?


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 Sarah Sutton is a YA Romance author, bringing you stories about teenagers falling in love (sometimes with magic)
She spends her days dreaming up ideas with her two adorable puppies by her side being cheerleaders (and mega distractions).

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Friday, 17 January 2020

BLOG TOUR - SHIFTER KINGS NASHVILLE BY HOLLY GUNN

LION
He's a redneck with a tribe to lead.
She's a wedding planner who wants her HEA.
Two souls. Lots of differences.
But they'll find a home in each other...
Title: Lion
Series: Nashville Shifters
Author: Holly Gunn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 20th May 2019

Warning: sweet, sexy, novella-length read ahead... 

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Lion, the future king of the lion prides in the U.S., only has thirty days to find his future queen and secure their fate. But Lion has his work cut out for him.


Jules has had it with shifters, and male lions in particular. She doesn’t need a man, even if he is a king, to mess up her life any more than her brother already has. Tired of being used and manipulated by others, she’s not just going to roll over and think of England.

It’s a good thing Lion’s not a slam-bam-thank-you-ma’am, Tennessee man. Our king’s about to show his queen that while life can sometimes be a bit of a roller coaster ride, the best thing you can do is lock in tight and throw your hands in the air—and live.


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REVIEW
As I love the shifter genre as soon as I saw the title of this novella series, I knew I wanted to learn more. I had already decided to try reading the first novella when I noticed that this author states in her author information that she writes erotica, which I won't lie did put me off a little. I prefer certain things to be left to the imagination of the reader. In erotica there are sometimes explicit descriptions that go on and on and I really just don't like them, There is a way at hinting or portraying "things" have happened between characters, as a reader I don't necessarily want these spelled out in excruciating details. I will be totally honest I don’t usually read erotica but as these books are labelled paranormal romance, and I had actually began reading Lion I decided I would stick with reading it.

All the covers feature males to represent each of the individuals that are the main male shifter characters within the novellas. The genres I have seen listed for this novella series are Paranormal, and Paranormal Romance, which I totally agree with, though would add those these books are not erotica in my opinion they are steamy and have some quite explicit, descriptive language within them.

The main male, shifter character in this novella is Lion, who happens to be a Lion shifter. Though his friends sometimes shorten his name and call him Lie. In his human form Lion tends to be awkward, and quiet, not things you would think of when he is a rather large Lion shifter.

The novella begins with Lion and his friends and fellow shifters in the local bar which is called Southern Comfort. It’s whilst drinking there that the female bartender catches Lion’s attention. Lion at first dismisses his attraction to the bartender with the Rockstar look as a passing thing as surely when you meet your mate, and in his case your Queen it will be a strong, knock you to the ground feeling and he will know straight away, won’t he?
There were times when Lion was, shall we say attempting to talk or maybe chat up Jules, the bartender when I felt like I wanted to get hold of him in his human form and shake him to his senses! But his fellow shifters do help him after they have subjected him to his fair share of teasing.

There are some important changes about to happen as things within the Nashville Shifters happen in thirty-year cycles. It is the time for new Shifter Kings to take charge. The first thing those destined to be the new Kings notice are that the birthmarks they have that look like faded tattoo’s are becoming darker, signifying that the time for the leadership change is coming closer. Those destined to be the new Kings have just thirty days to find their destined mate, the one who will become their Queen.

Lion and Jules (the bartender) don’t get off to the best start and certainly have more than their fair share of obstacles to their possible relationship. Jules is working off her brother, Jeffrey’s large debt, and is regularly intimidated and threatened by him. Jules only puts up with it all for the sake of their disabled mother Jeanne.

In this novella we are also introduced to the other male shifters within the group, most of whom are destined to become Kings. Their names give clues to what type of shifter they are and what their parents are with the exception of Poison’s mother who refuses to reveal what species she is. So, there are five novellas in the Shifter Kings of Nashville series and the male characters names are, Lion, Spider, Shark, Wolf and Poison. We do get a good idea who Spider’s mate will be.

You get a good introduction of how the Nashville Shifters exist, their traditions and rules within this novella too. One part Of the novella I found really interesting and somewhat different to other shifter books I have read was the whole “Queen’s Mercy” option for when a shifter has stepped seriously out of line, his or her parents can ask that the Queen pass sentence but that they can offer an alternative punishment, which has to be better than some of the punishments available.
One of the shifter traditions in this series is that the chosen King is named after some version of their own tribe’s animal. Such as in this book the chosen King is Lion and he is a Lion shifter.
A difference I spotted within this set of shifters is that they do not need to undress/redress when shifting as their clothes change with them. So not so many awkward moments when shifting!

I of course loved the character of Jules & enjoyed the geeky, somewhat clumsiness in actions and verbally from Lion, who is the largest of the shifters. Though Lion soon realises his Queen will be a leader strong enough to lead at his side. I liked all the other male shifter characters and am looking forward to all their individual novellas too. The one that has stuck in my mind is Wolf who doesn’t want to find his Queen and doesn’t want to be a King either, so I am sure his novella will be interesting!

There are also plot lines that I think will run through all the novellas such as the problem with something/someone invading and encroaching of the Sharks swimming territory. It is a serious problem as without a safe stretch of water to be able to swim in the Sharks will be unable to shift. Meaning they need to either get rid of the problem or move elsewhere. I’m hoping the different races of shifter band together and sort out the problem.

My initial thoughts upon finishing the book were that I had immediately fallen for the Nashville Shifters and though I enjoyed reading Lion & Jules story I am interested to discover the other shifters & their soon to become mates stories as well as being intrigued as to exactly what species Poison's mum is!

The writing style of the novella, made it a medium, enjoyable pace. There is of course some steamy action, but there is also what I refer to as pack politics and traditions along with some friendly camaraderie going on between the shifter males. I found the book an enjoyable read. The steamy scenes are within a good plot and this novella has left me wanting to read more of the series. I would say due to some of the explicit descriptions that this is aimed at an 18+ age group of readers.

SPIDER
He's a redneck with a tribe to lead.
She's a wedding planner who wants her HEA.
Two souls. Lots of differences.
But they'll find a home in each other...
Title: Spider
Series: Nashville Shifters
Author: Holly Gunn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 23rd June 2019

Warning: Short, sassy, sexy read ahead . . .  

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Spider is a family man down to his core. He’s spent his life trying to live up to the expectations of being the future king of the Arachnid tribe. Now that his tattoo’s gone dark—it’s time to find his queen. Only he’s got cousins he needs to get down from trees, long-lost relatives popping out of the woodwork, a shady construction company cheating his people of their land, and a queen who’s more designer than she is redneck.

Sugar, and spice, and everything nice …

Chantelle is a Beaumont. Through and through. Or at least that’s the image she’s taught herself to project to the world. Done with trying to be perfect, she wants a family, a home, and for her king to show her there’s more to living than working and trying to be someone she’s not. More than this, she needs to believe in herself and that she has something to offer as queen.

Chantelle and Spider might start off rocky but they both know that the steady in life doesn’t come easy. Steady comes when two people are together and showing each other that home isn’t a place, work isn’t your life, and what they offer each other goes deeper than material things. The real steady, as both Spider and Chantelle have learned, is in laughter and antics and knowing to your soul that the person you’re with is your home.


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SHARK
A charming nerd who’s new in town.
A surfer dude king looking for his queen.
Magic is about to happen.
Title: Shark
Series: Nashville Shifters
Author: Holly Gunn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 22nd July 2019

Warning: Nerdy, sassy, sexy novella-length read ahead... 

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Shark Irons has a problem. He’s supposed to be finding his queen. He’s supposed to be sliding into his role as king. What he is doing is dealing with a rash of shark attacks taking place in the Cumberland River. Humans are in danger. His shark shifters’ swimming holes are being closed down. And Shark’s worried he’s already failing as king.

Lexie Leland is a nerd. In fact, she’s in Nashville for a Comic-Con when she finds herself in a bind. Who should save her but a magical being, of course? Only Lexie isn’t buying what Shark is selling.

It’s a good thing these Nashville Shifter Kings know how to convince a woman he’s in it for the long haul.

Shark’s got a lot on his plate, but he’s about to find that Lexie is his complement in all things. He asked for a queen, and he’s getting one with fire, with sass, and with more power than he ever thought possible.


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WOLF
A future king who doesn’t want to be.
A witch with a heart-breaking past.
And secrets neither can keep for long ...
Title: Wolf
Series: Nashville Shifters
Author: Holly Gunn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 20th August 2019

Warning: Sassy, sweet, angsty, SEXY shifter novella-length read ahead... 

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Seraphina Raynes has had a lifetime of avoidance. At every turn, she’s pushed herself into the next challenge and over the next hurdle. And she always but always survives. Until she finds herself climbing a mountain she doesn’t think she can handle alone.

Wolf Yaeger has never wanted to be king. He wants a quiet life in the mountains with a human mate who will give him some pups and who likes to get her some.

The minute he claps eyes on Sera, he knows she’s the human for him. Now, he’ll stop at nothing to make her his.

There’s just one tiny something he doesn’t know yet, and it's a doozie of a revelation he might not be able to get past …


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POISON
He’s a bad boy with a past he can’t shake.
She’s a good girl who’s sick of drawing the short straw.
They’re obviously a match made in shifter heaven—if only she can forgive his heartbreaker history.
Title: Poison
Series: Nashville Shifters
Author: Holly Gunn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 23rd September 2019

Warning: Sassy, sexy, sweet, and angsty novella-length series finale! (Don't worry, L.A. is next …) 

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Two months ago, Poison Yaeger had the best night of his life—then he ran. Now, he’s set to be king of the wolves and, the once bad boy knows whom he wants as his queen … the same woman he left alone in bed two months earlier.

Callie Hartwood, better known as Doc has always done the “right” thing. Being kidnapped changes a girl, though, and she makes a promise to herself. Her vow: She's done being a good girl. She's not a dog to be praised for rolling over. She’s a puma shifter. She’s got claws. And she’s no longer afraid to use them.

She’s going to be bad.

And Poison wants to show her how. His lessons, however, aren’t just for fun. He intends to win his queen, and he wants Callie to know that he may be a bad boy, but he’s the only man for her.

A good girl + a bad boy + a psycho witch + sexy kings + sassy queens (phew!) = a Shifter Kings Nashville finale to remember!


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm the proud momma to a golden retriever named Charlie, two tortoises named Jake and John, a frog named Toad, and a gopher snake. The latter is my girl, Holly Jr. There's also the fact that I'm a thunderstorm-loving, front porch-sitting, hot cocoa-drinking, beauty product-hoarding, self-proclaimed environmentalist who just happens to write erotic romance. Saddle up, sweetheart. I've got a slew of shifters, bad boys, dirty men, and smart, sexy babes to get you started!

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

BOOK BLITZ - SONS OF FIRE BY TRACY AUERBACH


Title: Sons Of Fire
Author: Tracy Auerbach
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date: 7th January 2020

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When Keegan’s father, the Demon King of Fire, attempted to produce an heir, a surge of light energy interrupted the process. One tiny piece of the newly forming demon broke off. That piece is Keegan. For years, he has attempted to lay low, watching from the shadows while his monstrous brother Aidan, the true Prince of Fire, is groomed for the throne.

Keegan’s shaky status quo is shattered when one of his father’s power-plays goes horribly wrong. He is cast to Earth and forced to work with a suddenly powerless Aidan. The two brothers must cooperate to complete an impossible task and avoid being cast forever into the abyss. As if having to spend time with his beastly other half wasn’t bad enough, Keegan must adapt to living on Earth, wielding his new human vessel, and dealing with his demonic appetite without harming the human creatures for whom he has always cared.

As Keegan and Aidan work to save themselves, questions arise. What exactly was the King of Fire up to, that sparked their Master’s interest enough to cast them from the Demon Realm? Can Aidan be trusted in his new human form, complete with emotions, or is he the same unfeeling creature he’s always been? And why are so many demons suddenly invested in the outcome of the brothers’ trial? The only thing Keegan knows for certain is that whether he succeeds or fails at the task, the consequences for the Demon Realm and for Earth itself will be catastrophic.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tracy Auerbach is an author of science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. As an avid reader with a vivid imagination, she chose to study film, English, and education, and went on to teach and write STEM curriculum for the New York Department of Education. This helped to polish her writing skills and ignite her passion for science fiction and fantasy. 

Her first scholarly article, published in Language Magazine, was about the value of active, creative learning in science.
On the fiction side, Tracy’s work has been featured in the online literary journal Micro-horror, The Writing Disorder fiction anthology, and the “(Dis)ability” short story anthology, in addition to her novels.

When she is not teaching or writing, Tracy is usually reading or spending time with her family. She lives in New York with her husband and sons.



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EXCERPT
The Demon Realm, Present Day

Adramelech, King of Fire, stood before all the souls he had gathered, admiring the fruits of his labor. Collecting and shepherding them to his realm had taken work, but it was nothing compared to all the time and effort he had expended to reach this moment: his moment of triumph. The pale energy orbs of the damned, thousands of them, floated above the parched brown floor, drifting aimlessly, bumping into each other or into the black-hot walls of stone around them. The stage was now set for him to finally seize control from his impotent ‘Master.’
“Come to me, Fire,” he called. 
A moment passed before his offspring shimmered into being several paces away. The Prince cast a vacant stare upon Adramelech, awaiting orders. The young demon’s strong torso was bare, his dark hair hanging over the translucent skin of his face. Dragonfire swirled beneath the skin’s surface, lending the impression of movement to his form. His eyes were black with hunger while his handsome, human-like figure swelled with power. 
The offspring was a paradox of mental weakness and physical fortitude that had taken two hundred years to create and shape. But now it had, at last, come to fruition and Adramelech knew that his efforts had been well spent. The being before him contained so much power that it only held its pretty visage through sheer force of will. And still it wanted more. Always hungry, always obedient, always his.
“It is time, my Fire,” crooned Adramelech. “Do you understand what you must do?”
The boy-shaped demon nodded.
“First, I will give unto you what remains of my power. When I leave, you must follow the instructions exactly as I have lain them out. Remember, above all else, that it is still my power. I will not become another Lucifer, who cast his strength into a sword and imprisoned himself in ice for all eternity. My sword will behave. If you fail, I shall be forced to resort to my back-up plan. And believe me that the alternate arrangement is something you would not want to experience.”
The Prince nodded, eyes still dull and hungry. Adramelech knew his Fire would not speak unless he himself requested it.
“Do you have any questions?”
The demon shook his head.
“Then let us begin.” Adramelech willed the power within every molecule of his own form to flow to the surface, watching his creation’s eyes glow in anticipation. Indeed, the only time his heir came to life was when a large feeding was expected. The boy-shaped demon opened its mouth as Adramelech began to speak. “I, Adramelech, Son of Lucifer, offer a portion of my power unto you.”
“I, Fire, Son of Adramelech…” the Prince began.
“You must include the ridiculous human title Paimon bestowed unto you,” Adramelech corrected. “It is your written name and therefore necessary for the ritual.”
“I, Aidan Fire, Son of Adramelech, accept the power and take it unto my form to hold, so that Adramelech, King of Fire, may wield both it and I as he sees fit.”
Adramelech focused his power into a beam of energy and shot it toward his creation. Even as the Prince’s power swelled and his eyes turned the golden hue of Dragonfire, he accepted the gift hungrily. Adramelech considered all that he had wrought and was pleased. 

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