Award-winning author, K.N. Lee introduces Goddess of War, a set of fast-paced novellas that take place in the same universe as the #1 international bestseller, Rise of the Flame.
Unsuspecting humans. Fallen gods in disguise. A battle for the entire universe.
After escaping the Vault, a prison for gods, twin siblings Preeti and Vineet make a desperate journey to the human world where they must impersonate the race they are meant to rule and protect.
The plan was simple: wait three years until their Enlightenment, when they will be powerful enough to fight back against the Goddess of Law, the woman that imprisoned them and is now determined to kill them and assert herself as ruler of the gods. But, a forbidden romance with a rebellious prince has Preeti losing sight of role as the Goddess of War.
Preeti and Vineet are thrust into a war for more than their lives, but their souls, and those of the humans they have grown to love.
FROM INSIDE A cage, the world seemed bleak.
Especially for the children of a god that had been sent to his eternal slumber. Even if their father was one of the lesser gods, the twins were meant to rule them all.
They had been chosen through an act of sacrifice. None of that mattered now.
Their beautiful manor was the scene of a massacre. Mother and father were dead.
Now the Vault was their home, with all of its dark and dismal glory.
They couldn’t even grieve the loss of their parents in peace.
Preeti could barely lift her head from resting on her brother, Vineet’s lap when Pavvi entered the dungeons.
Dressed in leather armor made in Pollos by the Dreamweavers, he was too skinny to even be considered for any occupation in the army other than a prison guard.
With wild red hair and freckles scattered all over his cheekbones, Pavvi reminded Preeti of a ragdoll she used to have as a child.
Vineet smoothed Preeti’s hair. He leaned down to whisper in her ear. “It’s time.”
Pavvi pressed his smug face to the bars as he looked down at them.
Preeti winced as he poured their soup onto the already damp stone floor. As she watched the thin liquid splash and trail though the floor’s creases, her stomach grumbled. Neither of the twins had eaten in days. Pavvi only fed them their meals once a week, and that cycle had gone on for months.
“Just leave us alone, Pavvi,” Preeti said, her bright gray eyes glaring at him.
“Why? You’re so fun to watch suffer. Come now. Just lick it off the floor. I won’t tell anyone the infamous Latari twins eat just like dogs.”
Preeti’s face heated. If only she could get her hands on her swords. She imagined grabbing his lips with her fist and slicing them off with her sharpened blade.
Closing her eyes, she imagined his cries of agony.
One day…maybe today.
She’d never killed anyone and had never wanted to until she and Vineet were charged with treason and imprisoned by the Goddess of Law.
How could she convince anyone that they were frauds when everyone in attendance saw them get sacrificed, and come back from the Cliffs of Ranoun alive?
Preeti coughed, the back of her throat dry. She and Vineet would have to conserve their energy if they wanted to escape.
“Bastard,” Preeti said under her breath.
Pavvi kicked the bars with his thick boot. “What was that?”
Preeti sighed. It took everything in her to stand, even more, to hobble over to the bars of her cell. She wrapped her hands around the bars, standing right before him.
Pavvi jumped back, fear in his eyes.
“Why do you have to be so hateful? What have we ever done to you?”
He grabbed a long, silver pole and stabbed her through the bars with it.
Hope filled her body even faster than the intense heat that entered her belly.
Despite the pain from harnessed lightning, Preeti grabbed the sharp end of it and ripped it away from Pavvi’s grasp.
A triumphant grin came to her face as she flipped the pole to point its end at Pavvi.
His face turned ashen as he looked down at the sharp end, sparks of lightning racing up and down the steel.
“Good job, Pavvi,” Preeti said. “You can be so predictable.”
Vineet came to his feet. He stood as tall as Preeti, which was about a half foot taller than most humans. They shared the same straight black hair, large gray eyes, and matching intricate black tattoos on their light bronze-colored flesh.
Vineet was built much more muscular, but Preeti had a slim, athletic build that made her a formidable opponent even to men. Nonetheless, Pavvi looked ready to soil his pants at the sight of them not looking half as downtrodden as he’d been led to believe.
They were gods after all.
Vineet stood beside Preeti, his eyes piercing into Pavvi as he reached a hand out to Preeti. “Go on. Hurry.”
Preeti glared at Pavvi once more. For weeks he had wasted their daily rations of food, pestered them, and poked them with the lightning stick any chance he got.
Revenge was not something father condoned, but it was so hard to not retaliate now that they had the chance.
Preeti’s lips curled into a snarl.
“Stay still, or I will send you shooting to the moon, you pathetic piece of filth.”
Pavvi nodded, his eyes wide, body tense.
Preeti placed her hand in her brother’s, and together they took the lightning into their bodies. The shock nearly blew Preeti to the floor, but Vineet grabbed her, holding her steady.
“Good girl,” he said. “Now get us out of her!”
Preeti could barely hear his voice over the shouts inside her own head. Pavvi took her hesitation as a chance to escape. One step toward the door and Vineet opened his left hand, sending black lightning into their tormentor’s body.
Like a hand, the black lightning wrapped around Pavvi’s neck and yanked him back.
Eyes black, Vineet grinned as he closed his fist.
Pavvi let out a raspy gasp as his body flew into the ceiling, and back to the ground in a crunch of bones.
“Hurry, Preeti. Don’t second guess yourself now.”
Preeti clenched her teeth, the vibrations of her bones shaking her to her core. She fought with the lightning and the pain, Vineet’s hands keeping her from breaking down completely.
A female voice shouted at them from the other side of the wall.
Preeti opened her eyes with a screech, and with a release of all of that power, the prison walls crumbled to dust that lingered in the air like soot from the volcanoes back home in Latari.
They had seconds to Leap. Preeti didn’t waste any of them.
“Ready,” she shouted over the calls from the guards as they ran to capture them.
Vineet nodded. Face set with purpose, he wrapped his arms around Preeti, and together their bodies were catapulted into the sky.
Every sense was heightened as Preeti held onto her brother, praying that they would survive this night.
A glowing orb caught them mid-air, holding them in its warmth.
Desi, their pet fairy, smiled at them with her green hair floating in the air.
“Good job,” Desi cheered. Her power lifted them higher and higher into the sky. “You did it!”
She pointed to the stars. “Hold on now.”
Hope was theirs once more as they soared like a shooting star from Aden, the land of the gods, to the one place where they could hide from their captor.
The Abyss; also known as the human world.