LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE…..
Round 2: Fighting for DFT – McKenzie Lewis
McKenzie Lewis vs. Kalevi Hakala
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Book Series: McKenzie Lewis
Job: I’m a shadow-reader. I see through fae illusions and am able to track them when they fissure from place to place. My employer is the fae king. I’ve been working for him for ten years, helping him capture the rebels and the false-bloods who are trying to take his throne.
Weight: 125 lbs
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Brown
From (Location): Currently Houston, Texas
Significant Other: It’s complicated.
Signature Move: Drawing. I know! It doesn’t sound as cool as teleporting, using magic, or ripping someone’s head off, but I’m the best at what I do. When a rebel fissures out and I map his location, the place I mark is almost always within a couple hundred feet of the target. That’s accurate enough for a Court fae to follow and kill or capture the rebel.
Kill Highlights: I suppose I kill by association. Fae are afraid of me because I’m the king’s best shadow-reader, but I rarely get blood on my hands. Killing isn’t in my nature.
Enemies: Rebel fae.
Favorite Pastime: Favorite pastime? Ha! I have no free time. When I’m not shadow-reading for the Court, I’m studying. I’ve been trying to get a bachelor’s degree in English for eight freaking years, but it’s not easy balancing my human life and my life working for the king.
I’m human. I’m almost as normal as your neighbor, and that’s my biggest asset. People think I’m an easy kill. I’m sure you think it, too. You’re probably rooting for the vampire, the werewolf, maybe even the demon. I don’t blame you. Getting involved in a smack down against a paranormal probably isn’t the greatest idea I’ve ever had, but I’m slippery and I’m resourceful. I have a chance to survive this. After all, I’ve survived worse.
I might have the king’s swordmaster protecting me now, but that wasn’t always the case. A fae named Thrain found me back when I was in high school. I didn’t know fae existed until I saw him walking the halls. None of the other students stopped and stared, so I didn’t say a word because, hello! A lightning covered man with silver eyes dressed in some kind of leather-looking armor? It wasn’t Halloween. I had to be crazy.
Keeping my mouth shut didn’t save me, though. Thrain saw me watching him. He abducted me, dragging me into his world via a slash of white light. He didn’t explain much. He just told me only humans can see through illusions, and he needed me to point out invisible-to-him fae when he and his men launched attacks against the king’s soldiers.
I wasn’t cooperative. I didn’t know anything about the Realm or the king, but I was certain Thrain shouldn’t be anywhere near the throne. He made it clear he would kill me if I didn’t do as he said, though, so I pretended to comply. That worked for about two weeks before he caught on. He was so pissed he’d been fooled he wrapped his hands around my throat and squeezed. The last thing I heard was him saying I had one more chance. If I didn’t accurately point out the fae who were hidden by illusion and guarding the places he wanted to attack, he’d kill me.
Up to that point, I hadn’t actively fought against Thrain or his fae. The fae were all stronger and faster than me. They had swords and I wasn’t about to get into a fight that I knew I wouldn’t win. That changed when he strangled me. I might not be able to survive in a fight against Thrain, but I was determined to make sure he didn’t survive it either.
He attacked a contingent of Court fae the next day. Instead of pointing out the illusionists, I ran, screaming a warning I hoped they heard in time. I was certain I was dead before Thrain knocked me to the ground, but I’m creative when I’m desperate, and I’d watched too many movies. I grabbed a fistful of dirt and threw it in Thrain’s eyes. It startled him more than it blinded him, but that three second pause allowed Kyol, one of the Court fae who heard my warning, enough time to intercept the blade Thrain swung at my head.
Thrain didn’t die that day, but neither did I. I survived and spent the next decade helping Kyol and his king track down other fae who were just as delusional and bloodthirsty as Thrain.
I know I’m the underdog in this smack down. I don’t have supernatural strength or an aggressive magical ability, and Kyol, my usual backup, doesn’t know I’m here. I’m on my own, and even though I might not make it through this alive, I won’t back down, not even when I’m outmatched.
So, why did I enter this competition when it’s extremely likely it could cost me my life?
I’d die to protect my friends.
I’d kill to protect them, too, so go ahead and underestimate me. I might not be breathing at the end of this smack down, but I’ll make sure my opponent isn’t either.
Sandy graduated from Texas A&M University with a double major in political science and history. She thought about attending law school. Fortunately, before handing over her life’s savings, she realized case studies weren’t nearly as interesting as novels and decided to get an MA in Library Science instead. She worked as a librarian until her husband whisked her off to London on an extended business trip. She’s now back home in Texas, writing full-time, raising newborn twin boys, and squeezing in time to play geeky board and card games like Settlers of Catan, Dominion, and Runebound.
She loves hanging out with other readers and talking about books. For recommendations, check out her Goodreads account. And if you have a favorite book or author, she’d love to hear from you.
Want to read more from Sandy Williams?
This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Ace Books
Two winners will each receive a copy of The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams
International: One winner will receive a e-copy via NetGalley
Available on October 25, 2011 from Penguin/Ace
About the Book:
There can only be one allegiance.
It’s her time to choose.
Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. But some shadows lead to danger. Others lead to lies.
A Houston college student trying to finish her degree, McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. For just as long, she’s been in love with Kyol, the king’s sword-master—and relationships between humans and fae are forbidden.
But any hope for a normal life is shattered when she’s captured by Aren, the fierce and uncompromising rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court, all to persuade her to turn against the king. Time is running out, and as the fight starts to claim human lives, McKenzie has no choice but to decide once and for all whom to trust and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.
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