Forget Me Knot (Royal Reaper 2)
by Ruth Silver
Published: June 23, 2015
Don’t mess with death.
When Wynter explores his newly developed dark angel powers, regret soon fills his heart and mind. Saving a soul isn’t what he imagined it to be, and it puts the grim reaper he loves in grave danger.
Obligated to take the throne as Queen, Mara must face the truth and unravel secrets she may not be ready to accept.
The second book in the Royal Reaper saga takes you on a paranormal fantasy adventure into a world of grim reapers, dark angels, and undead trucidators.
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Death crept into the castle. Mara could feel its darkness pressing her down. As she walked to her father's bedchamber, the thought of marrying a man she did not love weighed heavily on her. All the invitations had been sent out months ago. Just as her life was beginning to almost feel normal, her father, King Philip, had fallen ill along with the court of Casmerelda and much of the kingdom. The second wave of the plague violently spread, leaving a trail of death and burning corpses for the living to clean up.
Her father had been bedridden for three days. His fever spiked and his skin glistened. He grew delirious, falling in and out of consciousness. As much as she despised him for what he’d done to her sister’s boyfriend, he was still her father. She didn’t want to be left alone.
“You must marry Astin at once.”
Mara cringed. “I can’t.” Her lips hidden as she wore a piece of ivory cloth against her nose and mouth, the slightest bit of protection from the disease that had taken over the kingdom. “I don’t love him. Please don’t do this to me.”
“Don’t be selfish.” The words struggled to reach his lips. He coughed and heaved, his chest rising and falling quickly as his pulse raced. “I’ll be with your mother soon…”
“You’ll be dead.”
Taking in several deep breaths, he opened his mouth, his words coming out as a whisper. “You will be reigning queen. Mara, you must act the part. Marry Astin and forge an alliance with the country of Morro, for the sake of Casmerelda. Your people need you.”
“I need you,” Mara said, gripping her father’s hand. She frowned, studying the tips of his fingers, a blackened hue lacing his skin.
“You shouldn’t touch me.” He tried to pull away, unsuccessfully. Her grip remained tight, but more significantly, he’d grown weak from the disease ravaging his body.
“I haven’t been infected, and I’ve been at your bedside every night.” Mara ordered the servants to bring more water and rags. It had done little good to break his fever or alleviate the discomfort he must have been experiencing, but it was all she could think of to help.
“Marry Astin.” His words were rough slipping past his lips. He wheezed, trying to speak, but Mara rested a hand upon his chest.
“Don’t.” She didn’t want to have this conversation again.
“For the sake of the kingdom,” he said, pleading with her.
Mara refused to answer. Marrying Astin wasn’t what she wanted. “I have no desire to be queen so young. You will pull through, do you hear me?”
He’d fallen into a deep slumber, unable to answer her.
About the AuthorRuth Silver is the best-selling author of the Aberrant trilogy. With a passion for writing and a love of story-telling, Ruth is actively writing two series: Royal Reaper and Orenda. She also writes The Federal Agent Chronicles and Palace Secrets, both of which are adult romance under the name Ravyn Rayne for Blushing Books. Her interests include traveling, reading, and photography. Her favorite vacation destination is Australia. Ruth currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
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What names do you write under?
I write under my name: Ruth Silver and also Ravyn Rayne. I now you a pen name (Ravyn) for my romance novels that are geared toward an adult audience.
What are you currently reading?
In the Palace of Lazar by Alta Hensley. It’s an adult romance novel. I just started but it’s fantastic!
Please don’t make me pick just one! I love romance, dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy. I also like mixing genres just like I do with Forget Me Knot, where there’s a blend of historical fantasy and paranormal combined.
How much research do you do for your novels?
A ton! Especially when I’m writing anything remotely historical. The last thing I want is a character to make a joke that wouldn’t make sense for that time period. You don’t want to get pulled out of the story.
I love fall with the leaves changing colors and the cooler temperatures. I’m not a fan of the hot sticky summer months, so when fall comes I can finally go outside without feeling sick!
Favorite Quotes“I think you ingested ergot.” Jasper stood, leaving the body on the floor. He stepped over her, lifting the bread and sniffing it. “Ergot can infect rye stalks. I’ve seen it happen before: hallucinations, gangrene, in your case death.” Diana’s mouth dropped, shocked. “You think this is funny? I’m dead!” Violetta’s smirk was dark and held contempt. “Better you than me. You just tried to eat me, you cannibal!”
So this was how Anabel was going to die. Leila slipped off her shoes and ran into the surf, moving as quickly as possible toward Anabel. “I really should have let Wynter teach me to swim,” she muttered, feeling the cold water sting her extremities and the current tug at her like hands gripping a sword, refusing to relinquish control.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is another book in the Royal Reaper series. Wynter is a dark angel and has a lot to learn but is it really what he expected it to be. Lelia is a reaper and new at it and is unsure of herself and has a lot of burdens on her shoulder. Then you have Maria who just found herself as the Queen and is unsure what to do and how to do it.
Will these three find their rightful place? Will their lives be destroyed? Or will they destroy everyone they are near? Only time will tell.
Like I said this book was given in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the interaction between characters. You can see the strengths and weaknesses of each character and you want to help them. The book draws you in and keeps you wanting more. It is a fast pace and truly a story to read. Both books in this series are great books to read.. GREAT JOB RUTH!!
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