By Cindy Pon
Nobody sought after Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the dishonor she has introduced upon her family—to be unbetrothed and unfastened, no longer a few stranger's subservient bride banished to the internal quarters. yet now, anything is after her. anything terrifying—a strength she can't understand. And as items of the puzzle begin to healthy jointly, Ai Ling starts to appreciate that her trip to the Palace of aromatic goals isn't really just a quest to discover her cherished father yet a enterprise with stakes better than she may have imagined. Bravery, intelligence, the desire to struggle and struggle difficult . . . she's going to want all of this stuff. simply as she's going to desire the hot and mysterious energy transforming into inside of her. she's going to additionally need assistance. it really is Chen Yong who reveals her in part submerged and rarely respiring on the fringe of a deep lake. there's something of unspeakable evil attempting to drag her less than. On a quest of his personal, Chen Yong bargains that support . . . and maybe extra.
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Her mother’s pale face jerked toward her just as the merchant’s did. Ai Ling ignored him, and instead knelt in front of her mother and took her hands in her own. “You can’t. You mustn’t. Not without Father here. ” She knew she was breaking every rule of decorum. But if she thought her failed betrothals were wretched, being sold to this brute for birthing purposes was an inﬁnitely worse fate. “Ai Ling, this is unacceptable. ” Ai Ling looked into her mother’s face and saw for the ﬁrst time how tired she appeared, how much she had aged in the six months Father had been away.
He stood a hand taller than she. “I should go,” Ai Ling said. She owed him thanks. He had saved her life, after all. He remained silent, looking down at her, his face never betraying his thoughts. His golden eyes were tinged with green. She dropped her gaze, hating herself for noticing. What was he thinking? Without conscious effort, she cast herself toward him, threw an invisible cord from her spirit to his. She felt it waver like a drunken serpent, fumble, and then latch. The sudden pulling and tautness within her navel surprised her.
The orange glow licked beneath her closed lids. She didn’t want to open her eyes. A shufﬂing noise to her left. Curiosity overrode fear. She peered from under lowered lashes and saw the young man kneel before the ﬁre, stoking it with a stick. The ﬁre fed and grew. Ai Ling basked in its warmth. What had she said to him? Ai Ling couldn’t remember. She tilted her head, wanting to see his face. Her movement caught his attention, and their eyes met. Strange amber eyes. She remembered now. “You’re awake,” he said.