After Chase in 2015 and Ariel: The First Guardian in 2016, Scrogham is releasing the third book in the Guardians of Agalrae series. Rabashani: The Half-blood Guardian takes readers into a wintery setting and picks up about a year after Ariel: The First Guardian ends.
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“I wanted to show readers a new side of Agalrae,” Scrogham says. “It’s more than just mountains and Alicorns. As I got to know more of the Guardians, I realized some of them were native to Agalrae. Rabashani is one of those characters.”
Rebecca LeHaye is a half-elf that is so desperate to escape from her past that she changed her name. She hasn’t been called Rabashani since she lived in the Frostlands. After her father is suddenly killed, a series of events leads her back to her icy homeland where she must confront the two people who hurt her most – her sister and her ex-fiancé.
“We all have those people in our lives that are hard to forgive,” Scrogham says. “And sometimes, no matter how hard we try, circumstances don’t work out in our favor. Rabashani’s story is about forgiving yourself.”
At least two more books are planned for the Guardians of Agalrae series. The next release will wrap up the events of Rabashani’s story, and the following book will fast forward into time to take a peek at what happened to Chase and Lauren.
Rabashani: The Half-blood Guardian is a new adult paranormal romance scheduled to release on May 1, 2017.
Rebecca has all the love, support, and sunshine she ever wanted with her Guardian partner Seth at her side. The trouble starts one day when letters arrive from her deceased elven father. She has inherited a position of power and will be forced to return to a frosty homeland she swore to forget.
Home is worse than she remembered. The underworld is preparing for war and the elves are divided regarding who should lead them—the immortal council or a dictatorship under Rebecca’s mortal half-blood. Her grip on her safe world falls apart when Seth is thrown in prison for treason.
Unable to forgive her family for the wounds inflicted upon her long ago, Rebecca is left alone with her inner demons as darkness descends. Bitter barriers consume her and she finds herself playing into the hands of the underworld she swore to destroy. Forgiveness is the only way to save her soul, and that’s not something she’s willing to offer.
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I yank Mother’s necklace until the clasp breaks and falls into my hands. A small part of my heart cries out. But she is gone. I was too young to remember her. Her necklace meant home to me, a place of security and safety. The Frostlands are the farthest thing from safe. As I stalk back into the warehouse with Mother’s necklace in my hand, my feet echo down the quiet hallway, and I settle on the final decision that calms me.
I will burn everything. The letters, my elvar garb, yes, even my bow. I can make another. My new life with Seth officially begins today, and though Kimji disturbed us yesterday, I will not allow a twist to deter me from this home I’ve chosen. Everything will be left in ash as a reflection of what the Frostlands did to my heart.
I am no longer Rabashani the half-elf. I am Rebecca Morgans, formerly Rebecca LeHaye, human newlywed. That strength in my new identity, one I choose, hardens me as Seth and I ride out to the mainland in the heat of the day. Stalks of grass brush my ankles from Valkadash’s back. She surges underneath me, hoisting her yellow legs twice as high to carry me through the browning meadow grass. We’re out in the open space, cantering through the heart of the mainland just beyond the trees bordering the beach. I ride straight ahead toward a river I know is there but I cannot yet see. This area of Agalrae is too open to be occupied by any herds.
“We’re leaving them behind,” Valkadash huffs.
I lean back, inviting her to slow. She tosses her yellow head like a dandelion stirred by the breeze, and then we’re walking. Kiera’s red body swishes through the grass until she catches up with Valkadash. They saunter side by side, but Seth is pale on Kiera’s back.
“The ride is smoother at a faster gait,” I mention, trying to hide the smirk from my lips. If he would only relax, he may enjoy the ride.
“You know how I feel about that,” Seth mutters.
“You could ride with me.” My voice drops low even though it wasn’t my original intent to fill my words with innuendo.
Seth smiles with half of his mouth. “Later.” He looks up at the sky patched with clouds. “Is this a good spot?”
“As fine as any.” I dismount into grass higher than my hips and tug off my shoulder satchel. Everything is inside that I’m ready to burn, except for my bow. I rip up a few stalks of grass to give me access to the ground and dirt, though I don’t intend for this fire to get out of control. Nostalgia rises in me next to a grip of alarm. Am I really going through with this? Burn everything, even without reading a single letter?
It won’t matter. The letters, the summons, none of it will change my decision. I will not go back to the Frostlands.
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