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The Witchbreed Series, Book 1 (Book 2: Beneath the Skin)
e-book ISBN 978-0-9944511-0-1 RRP AUD $4.99
paperback ISBN 978-0-9944511-1-8 RRP AUD $23.99
A snake. A lion. A return.
In a time when magic is feared, Lady Oriabel Dominax has no choice but to conceal her healing powers while she cares for her father’s struggling estate. One touch of the Witch’s Tree shows her visions of witches hung and burned at the very hands of the people for whom she cares, the people who love her. But with the arrival of a new lord, a man hiding secrets of his own, falling in love might be one wrong move too many.
Incarcerated for an unspeakable crime, fearless warrior Lady Ottilde Dominax is plagued by mysterious dreams of her sister’s death. When a hooded figure offers her the chance of escape, although untrusting, she does not hesitate. Racing across nations to reach Oriabel, her journey is cut short by an encounter with a wedowyn, a formidable beast which she has no chance to overpower alone. Though it is not death that greets her, but something far worse.
Blackmail, betrayal, and murder are only the beginning as a darker magic is awakened. And someone has plans for the Dominax twins, plans more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.
Meet the Characters
“I suggest you keep your filthy hands to yourself.” Ottilde Dominax
Knight. Warrior. Sister. Fugitive. Ottilde Dominax has trained for war nearly all her life. The eldest daughter (by less than a minute) of the deceased Lord and Lady of Corlaan, Ottilde was sent away from home at the age of six, to begin her decade-long preparation to be a knight for her country. But her heart remained with her twin sister, Oriabel, even as she fell in love with her country’s crowned prince, Chroy. A bloody war took Ottilde from her sister and set her against her prince.
Throughout her journey to reunite with Oriabel, Ottilde faces bloodthirsty predators, untrustworthy allies, and an infuriating prison chief with a dark past of his own.
Raised primarily among warriors, Ottilde is sarcastic, tough, and pragmatic. She abandoned her ideals long ago in the face of court politics and blood-soaked battle fields. She does not trust easily and hides her fear and pain behind biting humor and bravado. She is a bit of a loner, finding the company of others, especially since Chroy’s death, more trouble than it’s worth.
Oriabel stands as the one inviolate force in her life, a symbol of home and peace, and Ottilde puts her love for her twin above all else. Since they grew up with no mother and their father died when they were just ten-years-old, they have fulfilled the roles of both mother and father for each other, with Ottilde taking on the protector role. She sees any threat to her sister as a threat to herself.
A powerful woman, commanding respect and attention.
“I’d rather give too much than not enough.” Oriabel Dominax
Lady. Healer. Sister. Witch. Oriabel Dominax has always known fear. Her father, in an attempt to protect her, never hid what would happen to her if the people of Corlaan discovered her witchbreed nature. Condemned by the holy scriptures of the Odalay, Roanaan’s god, witches are seen as the harbingers of evil and destruction in Roanaan. And so, Oriabel guards her secret while using it to care for the very people who would destroy her.
Before his death, Barres Dominax gave his daughter a most unusual education. Oriabel learned anatomy and herb lore alongside fairy tales and politics. From the village’s late midwife, she absorbed the lessons of midwifery and nursing. And from the old witch who lives deep in the woods around Corlaan, she discovered how to nurture and strengthen her supernatural gifts.
A deeply religious and spiritual woman, Oriabel does not allow what the Odalay’s holy scriptures say about the witchbreed to stop her from daily devotions and prayers. She believes the Odalay gave her magic to protect and comfort her people. She also believes the god will bring Ottilde back to her one day.
Oriabel is more idealistic than her sister, raised as she was in an insular community. But her father’s early lessons of caution and fear have left her with a deep distrust of letting anyone too close. Nevertheless, she loves easily and gives affection to those who show her kindness. Her devotion to her home and people informs everything she does—even to her ruin.
One trait she shares with Ottilde is an intolerance for those she sees as enemies. The few people she detests get nothing from her but contempt.
“The devil’s help always comes with the devil’s price.” – Wilder Coomb