by Allyssa Painter
Publication date: August 1st 2015
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Fifty years ago, the sky cried acid and the earth vomited poison, all due to human destruction. Desperate for a savior, the people called out to the Shunned, a group of Fallen angels on Earth, and allowed them to take over. Now the Shunned rule with unspeakable cruelty, manipulating and torturing the humans in every possible way. Marked for death, Iris Ankea will do anything to end their tyranny and rescue her brother and best friend from their clutches. When she learns that she is God’s chosen Timekeeper and has the power to defeat the Shunned, she sets out with the only man who can help her, the one she thinks just might kill her. With a prophecy about her drawing ever near, Iris must race against time to discover her powers before the world, and her life, end. Can Iris force herself to embrace her role and sacrifice herself to save everyone she loves, or will she lose it all?
“Look, if someone can sense your aura, they can trace you. If they can trace you, you’re dead. You cannot be traceable.”
Iris barely flinched as he dropped down beside her, glancing around cautiously, checking for threats. She had held her dagger in her hand, occasionally twirling it through her fingers, since he joined her at the edge of the forest. “I already am, though, aren’t I? You signed my death warrant yourself.”
Once more, Sage Atroxé sighed. “I came because I was ordered to. That doesn’t mean I agree with my orders. Have I killed you yet? I believe you can help us. However, more than likely, if you don’t die, I do. That’s not to say I’ll kill you. I just… It’s not like I just came here to kill you without even batting an eyelash. This isn’t a simple decision.”
Iris nodded. No fear, no worry flooded her features. She smiled. “Let’s make a deal. I’m headed to the Shunned to… Well, to kick some butt and save my loved ones. After I do that, kill me. Let me save the people The Shunned stole from me. Let me help your people. Then save your life.”
Sage shook his head in a melancholy manner. “Unfortunately, even if I did choose to murder you, it would only hurt us. I told you, you are special. We need you.”
She shook her head. “No, I need you to help me save Daniel, among others. You need me to die at your hand. That’s it. Deal?” Iris didn’t know how much Sage knew about her life or her family, but if he didn’t know about Zander, she didn’t want him to. Zander was powerful in his own right, and important. Iris was sure Sage already knew about Daniel, but she wasn’t sure about Zander and she had no interest in giving him any more ammunition against her than he already had.
“Why? Why would you just allow me to kill you?” Sage wondered aloud.
Iris chewed her lip, standing. “Because, I believe in your cause. You need to beat them. You, Sage, no one else. You must beat them.” She paused. He said nothing but appeared slightly sick. “Because Sage, I’ve Seen it,” she said, and started on her way out of town, tossing a bag over her shoulder as she did.
~About the Author~
Allyssa Painter is the author of Timekeeper Rising, the first in the Timekeeper Duo. She graduated from Sissonville High School and attends Concord University for elementary and special education. She dreams of becoming an elementary teacher and continuing to touch the world around her through the novels she writes. In her free time, she enjoys reading fantastical adventures, spending time with her family, and capturing the world around her in photography and writing.
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