By Benedict Jacka
Due to the fact his moment sight made him notorious for defeating robust darkish mages, Alex has been protecting his head down. yet now he's came upon the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. anyone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them within the strategy. And draining people is subsequent at the time table. employed to enquire, Alex realizes that now not every person at the Council desires him delving any deeper. suffering to differentiate best friend from enemy, he unearths himself the objective of these who may danger their very own sanity for power...
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I raise the dead, Sen˜ora. ” “I try real hard,” I said. ” She made it a statement. 46 LAURELL K. ” I pointed to the still ﬂexing foot. It looked like one of those fake hands that you can buy at Spencer’s. Now that I wasn’t holding it, I could pretend it just had tiny little batteries in it somewhere. Right. ” I nodded. ” “I have an inborn gift for raising the dead. ” She made the word sound like something bad. ” I stood. ” The change of subject was too fast for me. “Ask whatever you came here to ask,” she said.
Too tempting, Grandma said. She had encouraged my being Christian. Encouraged my father to cut me off from her side of the family. Encouraged it for love of me and fear for my soul. And here I was going down the steps into the jaws of temptation. What would Grandma Flores say to that? Probably, go home. Which was good advice. The tight feeling in my stomach was saying the same thing. The lights came on. I blinked on the stairs. The one dim bulb at the foot of the staircase seemed as bright as a star.
The end of the room gleamed with candles. The warm, rich light ﬂickered and ﬁlled the white walls with heat and light. Dominga stood in the midst of that light, that whiteness, and gleamed with evil. There was no other word for it. She wasn’t just bad, she was evil. It gleamed around her like darkness made liquid and touchable. The smiling old woman was gone. She was a creature of power. Manny stood off to one side. He was staring at her. He glanced at me. His eyes were showing a lot of white. The altar was directly behind Dominga’s straight back.