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Sixteen years later, Emmeline is discovered and finds herself in the grip of a traitor who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means abusing her power until she dies. As she fights to regain her freedom she is faced with a choice between a prince who offers a lifetime of security and a common gamekeeper who has no idea of her power, but offers his heart.
But who can she trust when her power can be used against her?
By Debbie Dee
The history of the Incenga Witches was a backstory that was instrumental to Emmeline’s upbringing, but was not essential for understanding her story. I was thrilled when Suz asked me to share some of the history because it was one of those tough cuts every author battles with.
It began with a powerful sorcerer who fell in love with a young maiden. He spent a great deal of time trying to impress her with his magic, but no matter his efforts, she did not return his affection. She loved another, but kept her love inside for fear the sorcerer would act out of jealousy.
Enraged at her denial, the sorcerer called all the townspeople together and cast a curse on the maiden for all to see and hear. Because he had planned to share his power with her, he proclaimed her cursed to possess a power greater than his own but without the ability to control it. She would be forced to obey the demands of any master who ruled over her and have no choice but to grant their every desire. She may have denied him, but she would never have the luxury to choose for herself again. He was so pleased with the irony of his curse that he declared the daughters of her womb would endure the same curse as well.
Frightened, the girl ran away from everyone she knew and loved. But the legend was born and the quest to find her had begun. Men searched far and wide to control the new and powerful witch. Women hoped to use her as a miracle worker. Soldiers sought to use her to win wars. But what the sorcerer did not know, and would never have wished upon his lost love, was the death his curse would create. Not just for the girl whose life would be drained each time her power was forced from her, but for the millions she would kill to grant a tyrant’s wish.