This snippet is from Chapter Five: Vera Hart. After being enrolled in Aegis, a private protection agency, Maura has signed a binding contract with Maxine Robins, her Aegis agent, that requires Maura to play by Max’s rules. One of those rules? No Illusion spells — a spell that steals the identity of another, subsequently killing the person whose identity was stolen. Maura needs an Illusion, not a flimsy disguise if she wants to stay hidden from Adrian (antagonist).
Maura wiped the blood from the corner of her mouth with her thumb. The copper taste lingered on her lips. A taste she’d never gotten used to. Three hundred years of killing hadn’t callused her as she’d have liked.
Numbed, she slouched against the wall, the dead girl at her feet.
I needed the Illusion.
The girl’s features melted away until she was faceless.
I can’t let Adrian find me.
Maura’s skin tightened with the young woman’s appearance. The start of pretending to be someone else once again numbed her to her blackened core.
Blue Ruin is the first novel in The Phoenix Series. The Phoenix Series is a dark fantasy with gothic, noire, paranormal, and supernatural elements.
“A hunter and the hunted, Maura Leroux is one of the last of her kind with a dark past that has haunted her. With black magical beings having been hunted for centuries, she’s come to learn a thing or two about survival. But Adrian Wilhelm, a notorious Vampire, threatens to destroy Maura’s newfound life as a detective in the magical world of Mystics. Adrian intends to use Maura as a means of resurrecting the fallen world of black magical beings, Abysm. Maura has made it her mission to stop Adrian while covering her tracks from those that have been seeking her out for centuries.”
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