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by Joshua Khan
Series: Shadow Magic #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion Release date : April 12th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade
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Thorn, an outlaw's son, wasn't supposed to be a slave. He's been sold to Tyburn, an executioner, and they're headed to Castle Gloom in Gehenna, the land of undead, where Thorn will probably be fed to a vampire.
Lilith Shadow wasn't supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. But following the murder of her family, young Lily became the last surviving member of House Shadow, a long line of dark sorcerers. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way she can save it is by embracing her heritage and practicing the magic of the undead. But how can she when, as a girl, magic is forbidden to her?
Just when it looks like Lily will have to leave her home forever, Thorn arrives at Castle Gloom. A sudden death brings them together, inspires them to break the rules, and leads them to soar to new heights in this fantasy with all the sparkle and luster of a starry night sky.
“How much for this boy?” asked the man, prodding Thorn hard in the chest.
Thorn grimaced, but did nothing.
The slave master, Lukas, wiggled all his fingers.
The man frowned. “Ten? Captain Pike sells his boys for five.”
Lukas, born ogre-ugly but turned hideous by the large scar across his face, laughed. “Pike sells them half-starved and diseased.” He tugged Thorn forward by his manacles. “Have a good look at him, Master Shann,” he said. “Twelve summers and already taller than many men. Straight limbs and a sound chest. And look at these.” Lukas twisted Thorn’s wrist to turn his palm up. “Good old-fashioned farmer’s hands. I swear by the Six, you put him in the fields, and you’ll get ten years out of him. Maybe fifteen.”
Thorn pulled himself free. They talked as if he was some animal.
The customer, Master Shann, prodded him again. “Open your mouth, boy.”
Thorn clamped his mouth shut.
Lukas cuffed the back of his head. “Open your mouth.”
“Is he simpleminded?” asked Shann. “I have no use for simpleminded boys.”
Thorn should have punched him for that. Shann needed punching. He was big and round and squashy-faced, with a bulbous nose crowded with hairy warts. But hitting a customer would only earn him another beating—the third this week—so Thorn kept his fist clenched and by his side. It wasn’t easy.
“Or is he mute? Is that it? I have no use for mute boys, either. Speak, boy. Say something.”
Speak? All right.
“Fat. Stupid. Oaf,” said Thorn.
Thorn spoke some more. “Smelly. Foul. Toad.”
The beady, puffy eyes almost vanished into Shann’s doughy face. “I have even less use for surly boys.” He swept around and marched off.
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