Two thousand years ago, Rhys was the fierce Celtic warrior branded by the Romans as “the Bringer of Death.” Mortally wounded in battle, he was captured by the Fair Ones, cunning and powerful masters of the Welsh faery realm. They spared his life…but for a price. As a grim, he has roamed the earth as a messenger of death—until a single act of kindness breaks the ancient enchantment and delivers him into a strange new world…
Morgan pressed the sharp tip of the garden hoe against the throat of the prone man. “Okay Reese, what the hell are you doing here on my front lawn? You’ve got no car, no keys and no clothes. How’d you get here?”
“My name is Rhys.” He corrected, pronouncing it with a single roll of the r, just as Nainie had said her r’s all her life. As did every Welsh person Morgan had met on her trip, from the hotel clerks to the shopkeepers to the tour directors. “And it was you brought me here.”
“I’m pretty sure I’d remember that. Now, where did you come from?”
“I was a warrior of my clan until I was captured by the Roman invaders. They forced me to fight in the arena at Isca Silurum and named me The Bringer of Death for my skills. I thought I knew hell then, but I had not truly found it until I escaped from them.”
Good grief, was he high on something? The Bringer of Death… Somebody had been playing way too many video games. “Good for you. Ten points for originality. Let me guess, you were drinking last night, and your friends decided to play a prank on you. They stole your clothes and dumped you at the wrong place. Am I close?”
“A prank.” He seemed to consider that. “Yes, you could say that a bit of a prank was played on me. I found a cave, but it turned out to be an entrance to the world below. The Tylwyth Teg found me there, and there aren’t greater pranksters to be had.”
She nearly dropped the hoe. “How do you know about the Tylwyth Teg?” Except for her grandmother, she’d never heard anyone on this side of the ocean speak of them, never mind pronounce their name correctly. The tourist shops in Wales did a booming business in faery merchandise, yet she hadn’t heard the real name of the fantasy creatures used very much even in that country. She narrowed her eyes at the man, daring him to answer.
He shrugged a little. Although she wasn’t pressing on his neck anymore, he remained prone. “The Fair Ones are cousin to men but very much older. Ancient as the mountains. It was the custom of our clan to leave offerings for them, outside the village. The Fair Ones are often bored, and they think nothing of toying with mortals for sport.”
Nainie Jones had often spoken of her childhood, told of her mother leaving milk and bread on the back step for the Tylwyth Teg. It was an offering, a gift of hospitality, she said, so they wouldn’t play tricks on the family. Morgan gripped the hoe harder to keep her hands from trembling, yet she couldn’t help but be fascinated.
“You cannot enter their territory without permission or payment,” he continued. “I had nothing to offer when they discovered me. Not even my life, as I was dying. I thought they would finish me, but instead they healed me. And that was their prank. Because then they changed me, so they could take their payment in servitude.”
Rhys—if that was even his real name—either believed what he was saying or he was a prime candidate for an Oscar. Because try as Morgan might, she couldn’t see any evidence that he was lying. He had to be crazy then, but everything about the whole situation was insane. After all, she was standing in her front yard in her pajamas, holding a naked man at the point of a garden hoe. She’d taken assertive action when she’d seen him lying in the grass, assuming he was drunk or something. Well, she’d gotten the upper hand all right.
Now what was she supposed to do with the guy?
About the Author
Dani Harper is a former newspaper editor whose passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing paranormal fiction. A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she recently ventured south with her husband, Ron, to rural Washington to be closer to their grown children and to live the country life (Goats and chickens and pugs, oh my!).
Dani is the author of the shapeshifter series Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn. She’s currently signed with Montlake Romance for two brand new series – STORM WARRIOR kicks off the Grim Series this August and FIRST BITE launches the Dark Wolf series in October of this year.
This sounds really good! Ive been wanting to read her other books so I'll have to add this one to my list too. :) It has a great cover too!ReplyDelete
Ive read the three books in her Changeling series and I liked them all. :-)Delete
I want to read this one but I want to read her other new shifter series even more. I already have First Bite ordered.
arf this oen is already unaivable on bookdepo just have to hope it get back in stockDelete
I swore that I had some of her changeling ones but I cant find them on my list. :(Delete
i know i don't have them^^ it's years since i tried all her giveaway for them^^Delete
you totally took mine! I know you did! ;) LOL I would have swore that I had at least one of them but Its not listed. I'll have to keep an eye out for them when Im going through my books.Delete
arf you have the wrong culprit dear it could only be the faeries so you have to ask them nicely to give it back^^Delete
:) so thats what that giggling was.Delete
^^ now you just have to offer some cookies and milkDelete
well either the faeries or santa will come so it could work out. LOL ;)Delete
^^ that's the ideaDelete
Oh i so want to read this ( at first she had giveaway for arc but facebook was mandatory and she promised next time it won't be so i'm glad i could enter this time!) i have her changeling series on my wishlist but now i can't remember which orther series you speak of....i will have to checkReplyDelete
but still shifters so probably right on the wishlist^^
It is the Dark Wolf series. It isn't out until October though! :-(Delete
oki remember now ^^ i was afraid to have missed another series already released^^Delete
I wanted to read that one too. :)Delete
it sound interesting but this one was attracting me more if i remember wellDelete
I want to try all of hers so im not to picky. :)Delete
oh don't worry i wouldn't refuse any of her books either but this one made me smileDelete
Me too. :) its bothering me now since I was positive that I have some of her books. I'll just have to hold off on buying some just to make sure. (I know I dont have this one for sure so i can get it. :) )Delete
you are safe for the news release yes^^ but better to wait until the end of the contest tooDelete
yes. :) maybe one of us will get lucky.Delete
Thanks for sharing The Grim and the giveaway. This series sounds great and I am looking forward to a long series. Congrats on the new release! evamillien at gmail dot comReplyDelete