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Fantasy
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Harbinger: Sphinx: Book One of The Shadowminders Series
by Nicolle A. Jenos


Set on an alternate Earth where Atlantis never vanished and technology has advanced faster than in any other reality. But there is one major difference. Myths and legends are *real*. Those who wish the human race to survive have formed a collective known as The Shadowminders. This small group of Legendary beings have teamed up with human counterparts to work in secret to keep humanity safe from those Legendaries who would wish us harm. Now there is a new threat. One so big they cannot yet comprehend it. And it is sending Harbingers of its coming. "Sounds interesting!"

Prologue

Laying on the ground, blood trickling from her many wounds and slowly pooling around her body, Rosabel wondered where their group had gone wrong. So very and horribly wrong.

The acrid smell of iron filled her nostrils right up to the point where she could taste it and no amount of swallowing rid her of it. Wherever her eyes roamed, she saw bodies lying prone, lifeless, in the streets as rivulets of blood converged together to paint the pavement in the very essence of life. Men, ...



Chapter 1

One year earlier

Atlantis. Jewel of the world and the busiest city of them all. It was where everyone wanted to live or, at the very least, work. All technology was created, tested and built within its walls. The Floating City, as many called it due to the fact water literally surrounded the walls, found itself solely responsible for the advancement of humanity.

Rosabel found herself among the very few outsiders privileged enough to be offered a job...



Chapter 2

When they left the building, Rosabel was very much surprised as Haldan led the way to an enormous structure directly across the footpath from their living area. The colour of this place’s outer facade was far different from every other one she’d seen since her arrival. The walls were a dark grey, possibly even black. That she hadn’t made note of this place before made her stop and think. Perhaps she’d been so overwhelmed by Atlantis that she’d merely over...



Chapter 3

A broad smile lit Rosabel’s face as Ness lowered his head once more in order to be within her reach. His happiness was as contagious as his excitement. Throwing caution to the wind, she reached out with both hands and placed them on his muzzle. When she did so, Ness released a snort of utter delight which succeeded in making her giggle like a child. With a gentleness belying his size, Ness nuzzled into her hands, urging her to stroke him. It was a silent plea she was only t...



Chapter 4

“Slaughtered??” Thinking maybe she’d misheard what he said, Rosabel parroted back the word.

“Yeah. It was a mess. The Legendaries came back carrying Calypso’s unconscious body with blood pouring out of a wound on the side of her head. The doctors we have on standby were able to heal and save her life. The other humans though... I’m told parts of them are still being found to this day.” Never once looking up from what he was doing, Haldan...




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