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The God of Love seeks a bride who is pure in heart and full of life—full of soul. Instead of a woman, he finds a child with laughter in her heart. Waiting for her to grow up, he befriends her, pretending to be nothing more than a blue-eyed boy with wild, tangled hair.
Left on the temple doorstep, a young girl turns the lives of the priestesses upside down . . . until one summer day before her eighteenth birthday, a traveling oracle tells her she is to marry a stranger in a foreign land.
An ancient demon—half-man, half-snake—wants to destroy anything the gods love. When she was a child, he haunted her dreams, but now he stalks her across the countryside. If he catches her, he’ll devour her.
When Nephecia is nine years old, she races for her through the woods; a strange boy she had met by the river is at her side. The demon Naga searches the river bank for them...
As night falls, a cold breeze chills my bare skin, and my dress, still slightly wet, clings to me. Shivering, I pick my way through the thorns scratching my arms and the shrubs snagging my hair.
The moon is high in the sky when we arrive at least a mile downstream. Light glitters innocently on the water, but I’m scared to step in. What if Naga had continued his search down this way?
“Close your eyes.”
He shrugs. “Just trust me.”
When I close my eyes, he wraps his arms around my waist, and for a moment, my feet float above the ground before touching down on a smooth rock.
“Open your eyes now.”
I now stand on the other side of the river. “Thanks. I have to get home now.”
He grins. “You were brave. When I grow up, I’m going to marry you.” And he gives me a sweet kiss right on the lips.
My first kiss. I think I’m going to melt.
He steps back. “You better get home.”
I turn down the moonlit trail. The wind tousles my hair, and I glance back.
Nobody is there.
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