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Blurb: It’s 1865 and Moldavia is a country nestled against the shores of the Black Sea. Lady Theresa travels from Austria to this country that’s haunted by tales of vampires and werewolves. She’s going to marry the Crown Prince, but she harbors her own unspoken secrets.
Prince Mihai has just returned to Moldavia to discover he’s a witch. He’s intent on being a good husband and modernizing his country, but he must find a balance with his supernatural heritage. His best friend, Viktor, accompanies Mihai and marries Mihai’s sister. In an unfortunate twist of fate, a werewolf bites Viktor.
Viktor’s transformation threatens everyone around him, including his wife’s safety and Mihai’s happiness, but he’s especially dangerous when he’s near Theresa. Can Mihai save his family from Viktor’s lies and deceptions?
Tybeski nodded and walked out. Now alone, Mihai escorted Sonia to the sofa and sat
down next to her. Viktor stood behind the leather-bound chair adjacent to the sofa, bracing his hands on the headrest, keeping a certain distance between them.
“Sonia, tell me what happened.”
“Viktor is a werewolf.”
“What? Impossible!” Mihai got to his feet, a wave of nervous apprehension threading
“It is possible, Mihai. A wolf named Bane bit me on our honeymoon. I have transformed,” Viktor said quietly.
Mihai lunged at his friend, grabbing the right lapel of his frock jacket. His nostrils were distended with shock, coupled with fear. For him. For Sonia. For Moldavia.
“How could you? You were armed!”
“Mihai, no, don’t harm him. He tried to fight them, but they overpowered him.” Sonia got to her feet and clenched her fists against his chest. “You have to help him — you’re a witch, after all. You have to teach me to help him.”
Mihai took a step back, his body as tight as a bowstring. Yes, he was a witch, but he had no idea what to do. He was no teacher.
“I must go to Mulfaltar the next full moon and meet with my maker’s pack,” said Viktor.
Mihai slowly ran his gaze over Viktor. Sonia was right. His eyes were no longer soft and kind, but hard and edged.
“Are you a danger to Sonia?”
The plot focuses on The Crown Prince of Moldavia, Mihai Sigmaringen, who has returned home from university in England to take the throne king when his father dies. He is also to wed his betrothed Lady Theresa von Kracken. His sister Sonia falls in love with his friend Viktor Bacau. It is revealed that Mihai, Sonia, and Theresa are witches, although all three are ignorant of their heritage at first. On his honeymoon with Sonia, Victor is bitten by a werewolf. This leads to a series of events that will have far reaching consequences for all four.
While not historically accurate, it does have a feel of believability to it, much like a hidden history. The plot lines focusing on the couples are skillfully woven together. Each character has a unique voice and their motivations are clear to the reader. Although it is the first of a three-book series, the story stands well alone.
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