Lament of the Traitor King (The Exquisite Po...
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Unbelievable power. Immortality. All it costs is a surrender to dark and depraved hunger.
There exists a dying race on the fringes of humanity. Witches once held the line between the overwhelming power of Monsters and the Human race, but centuries have passed since that time. Now, the death of magic throttles their strength, killing these women alongside the very same Monsters who were once so powerful - and angry - that they almost destroyed the world.
One witch, named Netta Oleander, lives in exile. She had been running away from her responsibility for decades, escaping nightmares that once whispered a dark absolution into her ear.
So she hides, believing that she is safe, even as she knows that she is slowly dying. She desires a pretense of safety. To be a full fledged Witch would mean becoming part of a heritage that would give Netta power, but it also promises to put her face to face with the embodiment of her greatest fear. A naive love -
As well as a taboo, nearly all consuming lust.
Soon, Netta realizes that she was never free. Had not truly escaped the secret world of Witchcraft, the whispered promise of profane eroticism, magic, and possession.
As surely as magic sings in her blood, it enchains her, dragging her back into shadows so dark they promise to swallow whole. But this secret world - where the danger of bodily possession runs concurrent to great power - is her fate, even if she doesn't know it yet.
Perhaps it is time for this wallflower to fear at least one Monster.
//This is the author's preferred version of *Exquisite Poison*, not a sequel, and contains in-depth revisions as well as additional content. This will be the second draft that is free to read at the moment, with a planned final draft to come for sale one day.\\