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Aodh is dead.
My man, my beautiful man. Who pulled me from the darkness and gave me a chance of a life in the light.
Now he’s gone. And with him, all the goodness in me has left.
I’m going to have my revenge.
The world is going to burn.
This is a short Daughter of Winter spin-off, taking place between Winter Princess and Winter Heiress. It can be read as a stand-alone, but to fully immerse yourself in this world, I’d recommend reading Winter Princess first before reading this story. Or maybe after, if you like the characters in Demon’s Revenge.
When Wyn’s Guardians find the gate surrounded by demon’s they knew they needed help. They called on Aodh and Chesca for a place to stay the night and plan. Aodh wasn’t satisfied with just housing them, he would fight and because he would so would Chesca. The battle is won, but Aodh is killed leaving Chesca bereaved and needing revenge.
When Chesca sends out a call, Jamie and Amara, two other reformed demons answer it. However they won’t help her with revenge.
This is a favorite scene.
I rack my brain if I know anyone this strong. There are a few ancient demons who could be the culprits, but most of them are so old that they have lost all interest in what happens outside their realm. They wouldn’t care about a Gate in the middle of nowhere. No, this has to be personal. They came here because of Wyn. There must be a connections somewhere…
“I see you’ve started the party without us,” a chirping voice comes from behind me and I whirl around only to find two demons smiling at me.
“Amara. Jamie. It’s good to see you.” I try and put some enthusiasm into my voice, but I’m dead inside. All I want to do is curl up and die – or make others die. Why am I spending time trying to investigate who sent those demons when I could just go into the Demon Realm and kill them all?
“What happened?” Jamie asks carefully as she looks around the battlefield.
“Aodh,” is all I say. They come forward for a hug but I step back. I can’t deal with emotions right now. No hugs, no pity, no smiles. All I want is blood.
“I’m so sorry,” Amara says, looking like she’s about to cry. “He was a special person. We wouldn’t be here without him, without you two.” Her voice breaks and Jamie puts an arm around her shoulders, hugging her close. Aodh would do the same with me, was he still alive. He always gave me strength in moments of weakness. Now, I can no longer be weak.
“Is there anything we can do?” Jamie asks. “It looks like you killed everybody.”
I shake my head. “Not everybody. Not nearly enough. Want to help me kill some demons?”
They don’t show the enthusiasm I had hoped for. They’ve truly been reformed. Just like I thought I had been, until Aodh was taken away from me.
“Why were they here?” Amara asks slowly and I sigh.
“Long story. They were after someone, we helped her get to the Gate. This incubus said they’d been sent by ‘her’. No idea who that woman is. But Aodh is gone and I need revenge. So I’ll go to the Demon Realm and kill as many as I have to until I find answers.”
“Aodh wouldn’t want you to do this,” Amara whispers and tries to hug me again.
I step back. “Aodh isn’t here anymore. And I’m going to make whoever did this pay!”
I spread my wings and jump into the air, not looking back. If I have to do this alone, so be it.
MacKinnon, Skye. Demon’s Revenge: A Winter Princess Spin-Off: Daughter of Winter #1.5 . Peryton Press. Kindle Locations (193-210). Kindle Edition.
As Chesca goes on a killing spree in the Demon Realm she attracts attention of someone who can give her answers.
What she finds is surprising and scary and her revenge will not be gotten here.
This book gives some answers that are pertinent to the next book, Winter Heiress. I’m already reading that one.
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Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today & International Bestselling Author whose books are filled with strong heroines who don’t have to choose.
She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.
When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.