Why are all the people around me such pathetic fools? I will not allow that child to steal the attention of my best warriors! She is nothing! An insect in the sands of time! An obvious descendant of the one who took everything from me!

I don’t care if she is beautiful, or young, or full of magic. She will fade. Her bones will turn to dust, mortal that she is…I have lived for over a thousand years and will live a thousand more now I have found her. I will remain forever young, and beautiful.

Ream. Ream can have her. He will destroy her, ruin her living flesh so that no fae or human will ever think her desirable again! But shall I let him kill her or let her live? With such damage as Ream likes to inflict her life will be a living hell, it would be worse than death.

I shall think on that. But she will live, and be useful to me, whilst I think on her fate. I will use her to fight Ragor. Ha! The Wraith Lord! He always did show such arrogance! Marching to take my throne and city, after all I have done for him…thinking he can just take what he seeks!!

Riddeon, my loyal friend, tells me Ragor draws closer everyday and will be here before Winter Solstice. But I need not worry Riddeon is a loyal friend, he will do all he can to keep this city safe. And use that boy prince to get the job done. It is better we sacrifice human lives first. I wonder sometimes why Riddeon stays. The fool could have left hundreds of years ago. His love for this city and his descendants must truly outweigh his hatred for me…Perhaps it would be a kindness to end him too. His son would make a good Commander…Hmm, I will consider.

Now, what to do about Ragor? I know what he seeks but he will not find it. He marches to take it from me after everything I have done for him. It sickens me, but I must not worry about him. The girl’s magic is strong enough to defeat him, if she learns how to use it. If not, well, my vaults will keep it safe until I am have disposed of him.

And what of Hugo? My favourite young warrior cannot be allowed to treat me as he just has done. I did not expect such a public display of feeling from him. The girl has more power over him than I predicted. Interesting. Of course, he shall be punished, I will break him body and soul—but only when I am ready. My Lord Erebos is waiting, and when we are strong enough his darkness shall reign. I shall make sure I am by his side though.

Oh, my dear Prince Lexon, how your soul must be raging from Eternity, knowing your family’s gifts will soon be turned against the very magic you wielded, the very magic you swore to protect. Know that I am laughing with glee at the prospect of causing you such pain.

It is your fault I am stuck in this tiny, stinking city. I will free myself, and when I do, know I will destroy everything you sought to protect.


About A Bond of Venom and Magic

A Bond of Venom and Magic
by Karen Tomlinson
Publication Date: October 14th 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy


The Wraith Lord is hunting; his prize, the key to unleashing darkness and Chaos upon the eight Kingdoms.

For Diamond Gillon the war raging in the south seems a remote danger until her home is brutally attacked. Having lost everything she holds dear, Diamond is catapulted into a terrifying new world in which legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned and half blood fae, like her, have no rights. Despite her growing feelings for her saviour, Commander Hugo Casimir, he remains a paradox – not only is he a heartless killer, he is owned by the cruel immortal fae queen; a queen who will murder her own people for magic.

As Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous she is drawn deeper into Hugo’s world and discovers the lengths to which he will go to save what he holds dear. Will Hugo become her friend, her protector, or – an enemy not worthy of her trust?

A Bond of Venom and Magic is a tale of two people bound by magic and secrets, but trapped in the complexities of love and betrayal. It is the beginning of an epic journey, one that will test Diamond’s resolve and determination to battle an evil that threatens not only her world but that of Eternity, the land of The Guardians and The Goddess.


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About the Author

Karen Tomlinson is the author of The Guardians and The Goddess series of Young Adult fantasy books. Book one A Bond of Venom and Magic will be released October 14th  2016.

Karen has always been an avid reader. Her taste in books is eclectic but she likes nothing better than an exciting fantasy set in a new and magical world. She lives in Derbyshire, England, with her husband, twin girls and her dalmatian, Poppy. Karen trained as a nurse and currently works as a resuscitation and clinical skills trainer, this involves training a wide variety of health care professionals and medical students in acute patient care. In addition to writing, and reading whenever she can, Karen likes to keep active. She has been training at Shotokan karate since being thirteen, likes walking, mountain biking and (for something completely different) cake decorating. She is currently working on book two in the Guardians of The Goddess series.


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