The Demons of Infernum series by Rosalie Lario are being reissued in paperback, the most recent Mark of the Sylph, book two in the series. Mark of the Sylph will be re-released on April 2, 2013. The first novel in the series, Blood of the Demon, is available now. Read on to learn more on how this series ties in with Merlin and the sword of Excalibur.
Enter to win 1 of 3 Mark of the Sylph Prize Packs or $20 Book Retailer Gift Card (for International winner only). This giveaway is provided by Entangled Publishing.
Fantastic Fables: The (True) Tale of Excalibur
by Rosalie Lario
Taeg sat at the antique cherry desk in the office of the apartment his older brother, Keegan, had been given by the Elden Council. He hunched over the laptop (his younger brother, Ronin’s, since he wasn’t nerdy enough to own one himself), and read the mythology about Merlin. He snorted. Humans had it so wrong when it came to the mage. They thought he was some sort of hero, when in fact Taeg had it on good authority that the old guy had been a nasty old pervert.
“Just my sort of dude,” he murmured to himself.
Well, one thing that could be said about Merlin: he had been a powerful mage, his weakness for women notwithstanding. Which was why Taeg was here, sitting cramped in Keegan’s chair when he could be over at his favorite bar Eros with Dagan. No doubt their littlest brother was knee-deep in chicks and whiskey by now.
Like I should be.
But first, duty called.
A few months ago, Taeg and his brothers had managed to stop their demon father, Mammon, from using an ancient and indestructible spellbook, The Book of the Dead, to start the apocalypse on Earth. They’d turned him into the Elden Council, the council governing travel between dimensions, who also happened to be their employer. Unfortunately, Mammon’s right-hand man had escaped. Leviathos had been Taeg’s best friend growing up—until Taeg had betrayed him. Yeah, he felt shitty about that, but it didn’t give Leviathos free reign to go all moody and evil.
Leviathos was on a mission to get his hands on that book, and that was something Taeg could never allow. Because his sister-in-law, Keegan’s wife Brynn, was bound to that book, and Taeg would do anything to protect her.
Even research…which as far as he was concerned should be a four-letter word.
Stifling a shudder, he focused on the next passage. It was about Excalibur, the sword which, according to some legends, Merlin had gifted Arthur. He skimmed the passage, about to move on, when the words penetrated.
“Wait a second, Chuck.” Leaning forward, Taeg read them again. His heart gave a little triple beat in his chest, as if trying to tell him he might be onto something here. Taking a breath, he sat back in the chair. “Well…huh.”
While he wouldn’t call the Internet the ultimate authority on legends, it did turn up some useful information every now and again. Some of it was even true. And the passage he’d just found claimed that Excalibur might have the ability to cut through any object.
Any object. Maybe even a supposedly indestructible spellbook.
This definitely called for more research. If he could find a way to destroy the book, he would break Brynn’s bond to it. Keep her safe.
And maybe even make amends to Keegan for not sticking with him when I should have.
Before he could ponder things further, his cell phone rang. He read the screen, then answered. “What’s up, Dagan?”
“Hey bro, you dressed?” his littlest brother asked, though Taeg could barely hear him over the low roar in the background.
Taeg glanced down at his tattered jeans and his T-shirt, which had the words I’M NOT LAZY, I’M JUST CONSERVING ENERGY written along the chest. “Yeah.”
“Then get your ass over here,” Dagan continued, his slurred voice telling Taeg he was already three sheets to the wind. “I’m at Eros. Met this cute pixie, and she’s got a hot friend.”
Taeg hesitated and glanced down at the screen. He really should continue doing his research. Instinct told him he was onto something here.
Dagan made a sloppy, half-assed attempt to lower his voice. “They’re both exotic dancers.”
Ah, hell. Those were the magic words.
Taeg shut the lid of Ronin’s computer and uncurled his body from Keegan’s leather seat. “I’m on my way.”
After all, the research would be there tomorrow.
Thanks so much for reading. Be sure to pick up a copy of Mark of the Sylph to discover what happens next…
Rosalie Lario practiced real estate law for several years before finally admitting to herself negotiating contracts wasn’t nearly as fun as dreaming up stories. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son in their home state of Florida, as well as searching out things that go bump in the night.
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This giveaway is provided by Entangled Publishing!
Enter to win 1 of 3 Mark of the Sylph Prize Packs or $20 Book Retailer Gift Card (for International winner only)
Available April 2, 2013 from Entangled Select
About this Book:
Half-demon Taeg is desperate to free his pregnant sister-in-law, who is spellbound to an indestructible book that will create an army of the undead. He is convinced that an ancient sword can destroy the book and the spell forever, but this relic has been hidden for a millennia by a powerful glamour. The clock begins to run out on his search when an old rival goes after the book and Taeg’s family in his quest for revenge.
Librarian Maya Flores has a secret: she’s immune to magic and is well aware of the supernatural beings prowling the streets of New York City. Haunted by a brutal demon attack that took her family, she is on a one-woman mission to destroy the evil demons who did it—and any others who get in her way.
Maya is Taeg’s best hope for uncovering the sword. Unfortunately, she wants nothing more than to kill him. As he fights for her trust and to save his family, she is forced to face the truth that not all demons are evil. And the worst part? She might be falling in love with one, too.
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