Best-selling author Laury Falter joins us today with MESSENGER – prequel to the incredibly popular Guardian Trilogy – and Eran’s account of the first time he met Magdalene. She’s also giving away the complete three book series, so let’s give her – and Eran – a warm welcome!
Laury Falter: First Meeting
Eran’s account of the first time he met Magdalene
“It was explosive. She fought me, hard…and well,” he paused to chuckle while shaking his head in amazement at the memory. “I’d watched her fight before, but I wasn’t ready for her strength. That part of her originates from her stubbornness. One of my favorite characteristics and it happens to be the core of her personality. It’s what drives her to help others, to put her life on the line for strangers. That’s Magdalene…my Magdalene.”
“I heard about this girl training others like her to survive our enemies. That was impressive. We have powerful enemies.” His gaze fell to the floor in deep reflection. “So when I found her training,” he laughed through his nose, “of course, I was enthralled, completely and absolutely void of any reasonable thought after laying eyes on her. The way her brown hair swung around, catching the wind from her speed, the blaze in her eyes, and those wings. I’d never, and haven’t to this day, seen whiter appendages. She was stunning. So much fury and love was wrapped up in that little frame of hers that I was completely taken from that very second on.”
Slowly, he nodded with certainty. “At that point, I knew. I knew that I’d be her guardian. That beauty, that innocence needed protection, and I was going to see that she got it. Nothing,” he insisted, “would stop me from it. What I didn’t count on was her rejection. I-” One side of his lips lifted in a confident grin. “I’m fairly capable of influencing women. But not her. Magdalene took time, several centuries, in fact. It took countless arguments, coddling of her sensitive ego – don’t tell her I said that – and an incredible amount of patience. The fight, I tell you, is in her blood.”
He drew in a deep breath, as if to let the feeling of her settle over him, while a smile played across his lips.
“I sensed all this on that first sighting. So I kept my distance, looking for a way in to dissolve that stubbornness.” He shrugged. “That was pointless. When we finally did meet, I had a good understanding of who she was, so again I wasn’t surprised by the fight she gave me. What surprised me…,” his eyes turned warm, remembering. “What I’ll never forget, what will stay with me forever, was the passion in her eyes…because it was aimed directly at me.”
- The Guardian Trilogy
- Book One
Messenger is the first prequel to the bestselling Guardian Trilogy – the breathtaking romantic saga about a love that has lasted centuries between a messenger and her guardian.
Maggie does not know she is a messenger. She has never met her eternal lover. She has never survived a Fallen One. All this changes when a messenger awakens in the Hall of Records only to die moments later, never to return.
As Maggie sets out to determine why the messengers are suddenly beginning to die, she crosses paths with the infuriatingly appealing Eran and their story begins.
In this riveting account of Maggie’s first life on earth with Eran, the star-crossed lover’s romance transpires amidst treacherous enemies, their friends’ resistance, and their own opposing wills. With the odds against her, can Maggie survive long enough to admit the feelings she has so carefully denied?
I twisted around in search of Eran.
He stood over a small body lying in an odd position. Its head was facing me and I could see Cedric’s face, dirtied with his eyes closed. His back was exposed and the grey appendages were in the midst of sinking into his body.
I looked up to find Eran staring over his shoulder at me, his handsome face contracting into dread.
He spun on his heel and sprinted for me, the fear in him deepening with each step.
As I waited for him, something flowed into my left eye, blinding me. I brought my hand to it and wiped. It was warm and stuck to me. When I pulled away to study whatever it was, a deep crimson color was swathed across my fingers. It collected at the bottom of my hand and dripped, splattering the same color on the dirt at my feet.
Lots of it…
I suddenly felt dizzy, weak. I reached for Eran.
He was closer now, having taken to flight, the mist clearing in his wake. Down that narrow grey tunnel he created, at the end of it, something stirred. It left hollowness in my heart.
Cedric wasn’t dead.
He was knocked out and beginning to revive.
With Eran facing me, he had no idea.
I searched for my rapier, the one Oleg’s brother had given me. Somehow it had made it down the hill, landing a few feet away. The silver in its handle contrasted with the yellow grass, peeking at me from between the dead blades.
I went for it, picking it up, stumbling under its weight.
Then the ground came at me as I fell toward it. But before we could meet, I used the thrust of my fall and sent the rapier through the air.
My toes twisted with the force and my body rotated until I could no longer see Eran or Cedric or the rapier. I was facing the hillside by the time my shoulder and hip slammed into the dirt. But I was smiling because the aim was good. The rapier would hit its target. Eran would be safe.
I was smiling for all these reasons, and because I didn’t have the slightest notion how much danger I was actually in.
About the Author
Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.
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