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By Kat Flannery
The Branded Trilogy, Book 3
Publisher: Imajin Books
Date of Publication: July 31, 2016
Number of pages: 175
Word Count: 72,000
Cover Artist: Ryan Thomas Doan
About the book:
Tsura is a Chuvani, and with that comes great power…
Desperate to escape the memories that haunt her, Tsura Harris returns to Jamestown, the very place her mother forbade her to go. A gifted Chuvani, Tsura has sworn off all magick, thus making her vulnerable to the Renoldi clan, who wish to kill her and take the pendant that is the key to her power.
Red Wolf is hell-bent on living his life on the sea, until he runs into Tsura on the docks. His pride wounded from her rejection years before, he hoped to never see her again. But when the evil Corsair, Romulus Black, demands to know where she is, Red Wolf must protect her, as is his duty.
But is duty and honor his only reason, or does Red Wolf still carry a flame of love in his heart? And will Tsura finally discover her destiny?
About the Author:
EXCERPT - CHAPTER ONE SACRED LEGACYJamestown, Virginia, July 1740Tsura Harris lifted the hem of her green skirt and stepped up onto the wooden plank. She clutched her reticule in her right hand and reached for the rope with her left. The planked bridge swayed as the boat rocked against the seas. She stared at the water below. White-capped waves crashed along the ship’s hull, rocking the boat. She inhaled, forced her chin up, and took another step. She walked the short distance to the boardwalk, releasing the breath she’d held when her boot touched land. She planted both feet upon the wooden dock and set her shoulders, but the reminder of why she was here intensified the weight upon her chest. Despair was her shadow, and it was with her today.
Her brother’s deep, masculine shout came from above.
She shaded her eyes from the hot afternoon sun and peered up at him. His stature always shocked her. Micah Walker was six foot with broad shoulders and strong arms, a spitting image of their father, Kade. His white shirt gaped open to show the tanned skin beneath, a sign of too many days out on the water. Long blond hair waved in the breeze. Her handsome brother had his pick of the ladies, but still hadn’t settled down. It was a shame. She knew he wanted children and a wife of his own, but his heart belonged to the sea and time would lend him those favors only when he was ready.
“You must wait,” he called and raced past his men carrying crates of goods onto the wharf.
She placed her bag onto the wooden walk and clasped her gloved hands together.
He reached her, his cheeks glowing and dark eyes lit with mischief. Before she could discourage him, he picked her up and swung her around. Her boots kicked the bag, knocking it over, as his strong arms held her tight.
Micah had always been affectionate. He never shied away from holding her hand, kissing her cheek, or teasing her like a brother would. He’d come to her side when she needed him the most. When her life had fallen apart, and she couldn’t see past her own misery to pick herself up. He had carried her, and she loved him for it.
“You cannot go off without wishing me well.” He smiled down at her.
“If you would simply release me, I’d be able to make it so,” she retorted. He was the only one, aside from her mother and father, who she allowed to touch her.
“Very well, nit.” He set her in front of him. The nickname he used for her was one of endearment and came from her pestering him as a child.
“Thank you.” She smoothed her skirt before bringing her eyes to meet his.
“You do not need to do this.”
She glanced away unable to stare at him any longer.
“Come sail with me.”
She shook her head. The urge to leave caused her legs to shake. She couldn’t be around him any longer. His cheerful disposition haunted her and made her think of things she’d rather forget.
“I know you don’t want to speak of this, but—”
“Tsura, you need to forgive—”
“Forgiveness is not within my heart.”
“It surely is.”
She shook her head, careful not to release the many pins holding her thick corkscrew curls in a loose chignon.
“It is in all of us.”
She glared at her brother.
“Do not speak to me of forgiveness, brother. My heart is cold to it.”
His dark eyes watered, and she knew her words had hurt him, but she didn’t care. It was better this way—it was easier.
“Will you not reconsider?”
“Please stay. I will protect you.”
Protection was not what she needed. She could care less if she died. It’d be a relief from the constant pain she felt each day.
“I should’ve taken you to mother and father.”
“Do not speak to them of my presence here.”
“They will understand.”
“Not one word.”
Micah sighed. “As you wish.”
“I must go.” Anger pressed on her spine, and she straightened.
His shoulders dropped.
“Be safe. Trust no one.”
“I port back in Jamestown one month to this day. You will be here.”
It was not a question, and she didn’t know if a month would be enough. Would the time between then and now ever fade from her soul? Would she be ready to return? She didn’t know if she could go back and so she didn’t answer.
“Hiram knows of you coming?”
“Very well.” He straightened and smiled. “Know that I love you.”
She fought the tears. If Micah saw one ounce of sadness within her, he’d throw her back aboard the Jade and take her with him.
“As I you.” She refused to say the words.
He picked up her bag and handed it to her.
“Thank you. Now go. You have work to do and whores to see.” She smirked.
“Ah, that I do.” He pulled her into a final embrace. “You will find your way. I am sure of it.” He held her away from him, and his eyes searched hers. “Remember who you are.”
She pressed on his chest and stepped out of his embrace. She couldn’t help the furrow of her brow or the set of her chin. The reminders of the life she led were never to be forgotten, and because of that she’d be forever lost.
Micah sensed the change in her and left it alone. He bowed, and with a final kiss to her forehead he walked away.
She turned, unable to watch him go, raised to believe it was a sign of weakness, of regret to watch one leave your life. This was meant to be. The world around her had tilted, and even though she wanted nothing more than to go back in time to the lavish house on the hill where she’d felt content, where laughter was but an expression upon her lips, she could not. What had been was no more, and she’d do right to remember it. One year had passed, but the ache inside her soul still remained.
Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career.
Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been an Amazon Top 100 Paid bestseller. LAKOTA HONOR and BLOOD CURSE (Branded Trilogy) are Kat’s two award-winning novels and HAZARDOUS UNIONS is Kat’s first novella. Kat is currently hard at work on her next book.
A mix of historical and interracial romance with paranormal elements, Sacred Legacy by Kat Flannery is the third book in The Branded Trilogy. Colorful characters, emotional angst, and lively dialogue make this story entertaining and interesting. While this book is enjoyable on its own, I would recommend reading the books in order to truly connect with and appreciate both the characters and the overall series arc.Introducing us to “Nora” in the prologue, in the year 1890, we discover she is a woman with some kind of “power” and that her power has always made her uncomfortable. Finding a hidden compartment in her deceased father’s trunk, Nora discovers a leather bound diary. A diary that tells a tale set in Jamestown and the surrounding area during 1740, and introduces us to Tsura Harris and Red Wolf.Ms. Flannery has created two very interesting characters in Tsura Harris and Red Wolf. A widow with a heavy emotional burden, Tsura Harris is a Chuvani, the first daughter of a first daughter in a powerful family of Gypsies gifted with a great amount of magic, who has just returned to Jamestown from London. Bitter about what has taken place in her life for the last couple of years, Tsura has come back “home” to visit some family and figure out a way to die. I have to admit that I had a difficult time connecting with Tsura at first, I didn’t really understand her back story enough and found her to be grouchy, rude and nasty overall. I did warm up to her as the story continued to develop and we got more of her story, but at first she was a hard pill to swallow as the lead character.Kidnapped from his Cheyenne tribe, Red Wolf was rescued by Tsura’s parents, who took him to England with a part of their family and helped him mature into a young man. A young man who fell in love with their daughter. Rejected as a suitor, Red Wolf returned to Jamestown and became a sea captain. A trade he had learned while living with Tsura’s family. I had no trouble connecting with Red Wolf, I found him to be the perfect example of the noble American native; he was honorable, loyal and even concerned for Tsura’s safety when she was nothing but nasty to him. He harbored some anger and a broken heart but remembered her parent’s kindness and was determined to keep her safe from harm.There is more than enough tension between Tsura and Red Wolf but Ms. Flannery ups the ante by introducing a different faction of Gypsies in the story, a group led by Ermine, Tsura’s cousin, who is determined to kill Tsura and steal a “red ruby” necklace that somehow amplifies their power. There’s also additional tension with another sea captain who wants Tsura for his own agenda. The secondary characters are well developed and Ms. Flannery does a good job keeping the tension taught and the story’s pace brisk.Will Tsura and Red Wolf put their emotions aside long enough to figure out that they have both been wronged? Will Tsura learn to treasure her magic and use it when she needs it the most? And just what are Tsura and Red Wolf to “Nora”, who we met at the start? You’ll have to read Sacred Legacy to find out. I enjoyed it and look forward to read more of Ms. Flannery’s work.My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Crowns