The Christmas Key part two – Release

“Oh shit,” David said with an eager thrill of excitement, “I am really regretting the past two weeks. Vell, baby, dearest, my beloved prince, please be gentle with me.”

My latest newsletter asked which pairing people wanted to see more of; Vell & The Ranger, Vell & Lord Hreidmar, or Vell & David. Vell and David were the clear winners (double the amount of the next most popular) so I wrote a follow up to The Christmas Key for you all to enjoy. Hope you like it! If you want to vote on these snippets and extras, sign up for my newsletter and let me know what you want to see!

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Vell – Former Prince of Otharn

Vell of Otharn is a prince who became a slave; a fall from grace so complete and devastating that he never though he would be happy or safe again. We meet Vell in Prince for Sale at a low point in his life – he is trapped by a magical bond and forced to obey whatever commands his master gives him. Worse, he is also forced to please his master in intimate ways in order to eat, speak, or even sleep. How did he come to this lowly station? To understand, we need to unpick the layers of secrets that wrap the royal family of Otharn in their web. Mild spoilers for Prince for Sale and The Prince’s Fate below!

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The Nehu Rune

“Nithur!” David said, the taste of it sour on his tongue, the word flying from his lips to strike Vell like an arrow, like a bullet, like a rock from his fist.

Without even a breath, Vell’s knees folded under him and he crumpled to the ground.

The Prince’s Fate – David uses the Nehu rune against Vell.

The nehu rune is an Otharnian enchantment, commonly forced on slaves and unruly prisoners. The rune is applied as a tattoo in complex repeating patterns to the victim’s face and neck, using a process known only to Otharn’s sorcerers. There is no known method to remove it.

Two words of power control the rune; Nithur, which sends the bearer into a state of helpless, unwaking sleep, and Vakna, which rouses them from it. Anyone who knows the words can control the rune, unless the rune’s owner orders it otherwise.

While in their forced sleep, the victim is completely unaware of their surroundings and the passing of time. They do not need to eat or drink, and cannot be woken by noise, by touch or by any amount of pain. This makes the nehu rune popular for certain types of pleasure slaves, although the practice is one that few would admit to in polite company.

Skilled sorcerers can combine the nehu rune with other runes to create complex rune-webs; the nehu rune is typically applied first to allow for easy and resistance-free application of the subsequent runes. Lady Illt of Otharn, the king’s sorcerer, made liberal use of rune-webs to control her mages, as well as to give herself the ability to harness their power to add to her own.

Prince Lonn of Otharn

Arrogant, impulsive, and dangerous – that would be one way to describe Prince Lonn of Otharn, and it would be accurate, but he is also brave, strong, dutiful, and fiercely loyal to those he cares about. Lonn is the first born son and the crown prince of Otharn, a fact he can never forgot. He was raised from birth to inherit the throne and continue his father’s legacy of peace, prosperity and justice throughout the joined worlds. The cracks only started to show when Lonn realized that his father’s idea of ‘justice’ included sending his beloved brother Vell into slavery, a harsh, brutal punishment that almost destroyed Lonn’s family.

Lonn solved that problem, as he solved so many others, at the razor-sharp tip of his ancestral spear Skarpur, and from there our adventures began in Book One of the Thrall Prince series, Prince for Sale.

Now, we head into Book Three, The Arcane Heart, and Lonn is the star of the show. On the distant, mountainous world of Tornatt, Lonn meets someone he believes was sent to him by fate. But was it fate, or was there a more sinister plot behind his meeting with Llias of Fryst? More importantly, can Lonn overcome his own arrogance and see things from someone else’s perspective, for once? Llias is a prisoner that Lonn would like to call a guest, but all Llias wants to do is go home.

Thrall Prince Book 3: Vell or Lonn?

I have two simultaneous threads going in my mind, both competing to be the next book in the Thrall Prince series. I have first chapters drafted for both but I can’t seem to nail down which thread to go with and which should come first:

  • Vell and David – We left them in the forest with the mysterious ranger, the father of Vell’s first child. I am excited to explore what happens next between the three of them, and how they deal with the threat of King Covl hanging over their heads.
  • Prince Lonn – If you remember, he left to go to the outlying world of Tornatt at the beginning of “The Prince’s Fate.” I have a WHOLE adventure planned out for him as well.

Let me know what you think, I would love to hear from you!

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