The Kruthos Key
- Dark Prisoner: The Kruthos Key
Suna Di’Viao, the last of the Divenean race, blames herself for the death of her king and queen. As retribution for failing to protect them, she has hidden from the world for over thirty years, until a summons she can't refuse rouses her from her seclusion.
Feran Lambert, the youngest General ever appointed to Dunkerk's Guardians, retires his post in disgust. He's tired of representing a kingdom that means little to him. Fate, however, has other plans. His path leads him straight to Suna.
More than duty will bind this pair together.
Belthazar, a demon lord imprisoned for over a thousand years by the Diveneans of old, covets one thing: his freedom. Using his minion, Isafel, and an evil imp spawn called Ilio, they must find an object that will set him free.
With underlords scheming to take the throne and demons roaming freely throughout Etharia, it's a race against time. Who will be the first to find the Kruthos Key.
Suna stopped and studied the faces around her before delivering the worse part. “I believe Balthazar has been busy since his banishment. He’s forming an army of his own. And Ilio? He’s but one of those creatures. I’m not familiar with the mage’ic used to devise his prison as it was created by the Diveneans of old. Unfortunately, those secrets are lost to me. How Balthazar has been able to do this is also unknown, but he’s managed to create one that escaped the Divenean wards of his oubliette. How many more can do so? If this imp finds the key and sets him free, our lands, our lives, our very world will be no more. Nothing we have ever seen, even in our darkest nightmares, will compare to what he’s been preparing.”
Lord Benne paled. “I thought those prisons holding both Isafel and Balthazar were indestructible. Are they not still enforced by the mage’ic of the Diveneans?”READ MORE
She paused a long moment before answering. “The Divenean race is gone. I’m the last of my kind. It’s for this reason I believe that the mage’ic in the walls that had held Isafel had deteriorated over time, allowing him to escape. A thousand years is a long time, but Balthazar’s prison is enforced with stronger, more ancient mage’ic—and the Kruthos. Thus, his need for the key.”
Intuition made her turn and see Feran rise from his chair. Something in his expression troubled her. What is it?
I don’t know. I thought I saw something at the window. It could be the sunlight and a breeze playing tricks.
Through their silent connection, she sensed his Guardian instincts flare to life.
Then all hell broke loose inside the Regent’s Gallery.COLLAPSE
Sarah E. Bradley on InD'Tale Magazine wrote:
Jerlo’s world building is detailed and unique. The descriptions of places are evocative and it doesn’t take much effort to imagine yourself in the heart of the cities or woods of Etharia, following the protagonists on their ominous quest.
The well-structured plot gives the story a good depth with all the politics, magic, mystery, sinister schemes and conflicts. Simply put, I enjoyed this debut from The Dark Prisoner Series and look forward to seeing how the story continues.
A fabulous new fantasy tale, “Dark Prisoner: The Kruthos Key” is the first in “The Dark Prisoner” series. Suna and Feran are guided together by a mysterious person right from the beginning, which allows the stage to be set and give needed background and moves the story at a quick pace. The plot is straightforward with moments of action, politics, and smoldering sexual tension which will keep the reader entranced. Characters are introduced gradually, and while many events are predictable, the reader will find themselves so invested in the tale the end will come much too soon. "The Kruthos Key" is a must-read for fantasy fans!
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