Title: TRAITOR’S HOPE (Blade’s Edge #2)
Author: Virginia McClain
Pub. Date: October 14, 2017
Publisher: Artemis Dingo Productions
Formats: Paperback eBook
Traitors lurk around every bend. Mishi’s mind is betraying her, and she fears her kisō and katana will betray her next. Taka’s heart abandons her for a person she cannot possibly trust. Now that the two friends are obliged to help re-establish peace in the land of Gensokai, the only question is where the next betrayal will come from and if Mishi and Taka will have the strength to survive it.
Taka followed behind the Eihei who led her to her guest room with unseeing eyes. She wasn’t sure what disturbed her more, Mishi’s uncontrolled rage and what lay behind it, or the fact that Kusuko was supposed to accompany her on her mission.
No, that wasn’t true. She was far more concerned with Mishi’s mental state, but it was a testament to how worried she was for her friend that it overshadowed her alarm at being paired up with the beautiful young assassin.
She would have to think about that later. For now, she needed to focus on Mishi and what was wrong with her. She thought that the two episodes, the one on the road to Rōjū City and the one when Kusuko first appeared, were different in many ways, but neither of them aligned with the Mishi she knew from childhood. Even more, they didn’t align with the Mishi she’d come to know over the moons since they had finally been reunited.
She looked up and found herself standing dumbly in front of a sliding door, with the Eihei who had led her there looking at her expectantly. She shook her head and slid the door open, vaguely waving off the Eihei when he asked if she needed anything else.
The room was small and clean, with a fresh pot of tea waiting on a low-lying table in the center, and her saddle bags already arranged against the far wall.
She sat in front of the tea and poured herself a cup.
What could she do to help Mishi-san? She had to do something, and soon. Mishi would be horrified enough by what she had done to try something drastic, and Taka didn’t want to wait to find out what it would be.
She stood up and left the room, determined to find Mitsu and see if he could help her protect her friend. Her tea sat forgotten on the small wooden table.
Virginia thinks dangling from the tops of hundred foot cliffs is a good time. She also enjoys hauling a fifty pound backpack all over the Grand Canyon and sleeping under the stars. Sometimes she likes running for miles through the desert, mountains, or wooded flatlands, and she always loves getting lost in new places where she may or may not speak the language.
From surviving earthquakes in Japan, to putting out a small forest fire in Montana, Virginia has been collecting stories from a very young age. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination.
She recently moved to Winnipeg with her husband (a Manitoba native) and their dog.
1 winner will receive a signed paperback set of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, US Only.
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