Book 1 of Blood of the Kindred series
by Pati Nagle
$5.99 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-648-6
The immortal aelven were forever divided when one clan began a forbidden practice: the drinking of blood.
Clan Darkshore was cast out of the aelven, named “alben,” and driven west of the mountains into exile, their protests–that they must drink blood or perish–ignored.
Centuries later, Darkshore’s leader, Shalar, burns with anger at the memory of the war against her clan, and weaves a plan to reclaim her former home and make the aelven accept the truth about her people.
East of the mountains, a young aelven, Eliani, takes up the sword after her lover betrays her. She has no use for the elegant, much-admired Turisan, heir to the governor of a neighboring realm, but when they find evidence that the alben may again be hunting in aelven realms, they become uneasy allies.
With the threat of the alben’s return driving the aelven to prepare for war, Eliani and Turisan discover that they share mindspeech. This rare gift could be the salvation of their people–if Turisan can persuade Eliani to permit the intimacy of his mental touch.
Originally published by Del Rey (Ballantine) (2009)
“In Blood of the Kindred, Pati Nagle creates a magical world where the bright elves and their peaceful society are threatened by a darkly twisted new breed of elves who are as tragic as they are dangerous. Hope lies with a pair of young lovers joined by a powerful and unsettling magical bond. Lyrical and deeply romantic, Blood of the Kindred is an enthralling read.”
—MARY JO PUTNEY, author of A Distant Magic
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