Well, I'm almost finished with it! To celebrate, I thought I'd share a teaser. This is not edited in any sense of the word, so be kind. :)
Betrayal has sent Arionna's world up in flames, and it's far from over. As her companions continue their desperate search for an ally, Ari finds herself fighting for control when Freki's cage shatters. She must face the fierce wolf inside, and figure out who to trust as the world around her spirals out of control. But at every turn, she learns that those she's put her faith in aren't who they seem.
When Skoll and Hati finally reveal themselves, Ari and Dace learn just how close to Ragnarok they really stand. The world balances on the edge of a blade, and one wrong move will destroy it all.
With few allies and little choice, Ari considers a desperate deal with the twin wolves to save her friends and stave off the apocalypse. Her decision changes everything for her and Dace in ways she never could have expected.
When the dust settles, will he be able to forgive her?
"You're weakening," he said, sobering. "Every new life, you weaken farther. You'll keep weakening, until eventually your bond is broken. But if one of you willingly sacrifices your life, you stop the pain. The Wheel simply stops spinning you out. Hugin made that choice, you know. Death is a small price to pay to save everyone you know and love, isn't it?"
"You're insane," I snapped as a chorus of howls went up in the distance. Dace was getting close. Too close. A sliver of ice worked its way through me at the thought of him getting here before Sköll left. What if Sköll tried to kill him? "I'll never agree to that."
"Fine." He eyed me for a long moment, his expression cold. "Then watch us kill everyone you love, one by one. We'll rip them apart, piece by piece, and scatter them across this state for you to find. Starting with Mandy Chapman. You remember her, don't you? Blonde, former cheerleader?"
Freki snarled at his threat.
"You have her."
A smile twisted his lips.
"You can save her. You can save all of them. All you have to do is agree."
No, Dace growled.
I hesitated. How could I not? For weeks, I'd been looking for a way to save everyone. For weeks, I'd said I'd give up my life if it meant everyone I cared about lived. But could I do it knowing that I would only stall them? If I agreed to this, they'd still be back in another life. They'd still thrust the world into war, killing thousands. That would still be on my hands, wouldn't it? And on Dace's?
Would our bond really fade away like the rest of us? Was that even possible?
I couldn't imagine not having him or our bond, but if sacrificing myself meant he lived? If giving my life kept him and everyone I loved safe for another lifetime, could I really say no? Dace and Geri had already been through so much. Fighting this war was slowly killing them both. If I could give them peace, a lifetime where they didn't remember me and Freki, where we weren't holding them back...could I do it?
It's not an option, he snapped, his fury beating at me like wings. You are not agreeing to this.
Another chorus of howls went up from the trees as if in agreement with his statement. Maybe the pack did agree with him. But would Ronan? Would Chelle and Beth? Would my dad?
"I need time to think about it," I said, licking my lips. My eyes drifted to Sköll as a wave of pain swept through me from Dace. I steeled myself against it, fighting the tears welling in my eyes. This was my decision to make.
He'd forgive me for that eventually...right?