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Desecration

Book One of the Wizard Queen at Sixteen Series

In a hidden world of wizards where only men hold the power of magic, one girl arises with the power to change everything, if she isn’t killed first…

Adriana Victoriana Evangelista (Addie), daughter to the High Chancellor of the Wizard’s Council, has always been the perfect wizard girl. She never questions why men possess magical powers and women have no power at all, magical or otherwise. Male wizards blend into the modern human world, leading huge corporations while wizard women are sequestered behind a magical veil in the wizard stronghold.   

On her sixteenth birthday, Addie, to her own horror, discovers she possesses magic. Under wizard law, she is a desecration.

An ancient prophecy surrounds the emergence of a girl magic-wielder, the wizard queen or the Queen of Chaos. She is destined to love a half-sorcerer and together they will cause the downfall of the wizard-kin.

Addie has long had a forbidden crush on a human boy who lives in the wizard stronghold, Rory Devlin.  In secret, she races to discover more about her magic and her destiny. As she delves deeper and deeper into the dangerous mysteries surrounding her, she suspects that Rory might be more than just human.

Addie’s fate sends her on a collision course with a powerful and evil sorcerer, but the worst danger of all may come from right inside her own home.

excerpt

The sound of footsteps outside sent my heart racing. If Izzy got caught without her cloak on school property, we’d both get detention for a week. And worse, my father would murder me.

“Your cloak!” I whispered. I stretched out my hand as if I could somehow grab Izzy’s cloak from several feet away.

In answer to my thoughts, Izzy’s discarded forest-green cloak flew across the room, coming into my open hand.
 
I blinked at my hand and the cloak I clutched in my fist. I stared as my knuckles went white and my outstretched arm began to tremble. A thunderous pulse echoed in my ears and my limbs and I realized it was the pounding of my heart.

Finally, I met Izzy’s shocked stare. We both gaped at each other for a moment. Then our gazes whipped back and forth between the corner where her cloak had been and my hand, where it currently was. And then to the door, which fortunately remained closed.

I realized I’d stopped breathing. Gasping for air, I dropped Izzy’s cloak like it was on fire.

“Addie,” Izzy gasped, then giggled nervously, “you just did magic.” She pointed a finger at me. “You just did MAGIC!

“No. Shhhh! Don’t even say that!” I shook my head spastically. I clutched my head between my hands. “No! No! No!”

“Yes, yes, yes! You did!” she sang back.

“It didn’t happen. It couldn’t have.” I kept shaking my head so vehemently that I started to get woozy. “I’m a girl. That’s impossible!”

“It is impossible. But you did it anyway.”

I couldn’t seem to stop shaking my head.

“Ha! Your brat of a brother would look like such a total idiot right now. Bet he couldn’t do what you just did. His magic hasn’t come that far yet.”

“No,” I said, still in major denial. I could hear my father’s voice ranting; a woman wielding magic is a desecration!

“There’s some prophecy about this.” Izzy tapped her palm against her forehead several times. “Hugo mentioned it a while back. Shoot! I can’t remember.”

“I can’t be part of some prophecy. My father will kill me.”

“Yeah, he isn’t exactly the understanding type,” Izzy agreed as her brows drew together. “That’s why we can’t tell anyone about this. You’ll be a virtual prisoner of the council, and you’ll probably be retrained.”

At any second I was sure my brain would explode. In a single elapsed moment, I’d become the antithesis to every precept of wizard culture, a desecration of our beliefs. How had it happened? I couldn’t even begin to fathom what was happening to me.
 
“I mean it, Addie. We can’t tell anyone about this, well except for Hugo. Seriously, they’ll poke and prod at you and find some way to control you. I’m sure of it.”

I didn’t keep secrets from my parents. I always did what they expected of me. “Maybe my father wou-”

“Wouldn’t cart you off to be retrained?” Izzy cut me short. “I’m sorry, Addie, but don’t kid yourself. Your father is the head of the council, and he’s the most uncompromising of all when it comes to enforcing the wizard laws. The illustrious Manfred Evangelista will do whatever needs to be done to protect wizard-kin even if it means treating you like a lab rat or worse.”

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