Jack Templar has just come from confronting the Lord of the Vampires. His friend Eva barely survived, and is struggling to survive now that she has vampire blood coursing through her body.
Jack and his friends, the monster hunters of the Black Guard, must continue their quest to find the remaining Jerusalem Stones. It’s their only hope to stop the war that Ren Lucre is about to wage against mankind, and save Eva.
Their gruelling trek takes them across many lands where they must battle monsters, solve riddles and survive treachery from the most unlikely places. Throughout the adventure they are haunted by the Oracle’s prediction that at least one member of their group will perish before the end of their quest.
The dragon charged. There was no roar this time or any indication before the attack. Its speed was amazing. It was on me before I took my first step to brace myself.
I managed to duck just as the dragon’s claws tore through the air over my head. It was so close that I actually felt my hair move. I thought I was in the clear, but the dragon’s tail whipped at me and struck me across the chest.
I tumbled through the air and slammed into one of the pillars. On reflex, I jerked to the side and felt the dragon smash a claw into the column where my head had been a split second earlier. Shards of shattered marble stung as they hit my cheeks and arms. This was no idle match. The dragon was out for blood.
I used the next pillar to brace myself and get my bearings. Sliding behind it, I had at least a temporary shelter as I took stock of my situation. Turns out, it was even worse than I’d imagined.
All of the other statues in the courtyard had also come alive. They stood on the opposite side of the rectangle, arraying behind the row of columns, craning their heads for a good look at the battle. They seemed content for now to be spectators. I just hoped it stayed that way.
Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, his second adult novel Killer Within and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. He has also written Reaching Your Reluctant Reader, which has aided hundreds of parents in inspiring a love of reading in their children.
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