© 2016 Coral Walker
It seemed that nothing could be worse than waking up one morning to find their parents have disappeared and their young brother Bo bawling his eyes out, but for Jack and Brianna, the squabbling teenage sibling rivals, the worst was yet to come.
A train of unpredictable events leads them to an artificial island in space named Skorpias, where a small, silver-haired professor and his alien creatures live. In shock and disbelief, Jack and Brianna learn from the professor that their parents are from the remote land of Taron on planet Cygnore. What’s more, their father Marcus is a prince of Bara and their mother Zelda a princess of Rion, two kingdoms of Taron that are sworn enemies.
Bo is kidnapped from Skorpias. In hot-headed pursuit, Jack and Brianna plunge into a wormhole that takes them to Taron, little realising that their appearance there would prove their parents guilty of betraying their kingdoms, and condemn them to death.
Jack and Brianna are caught by locals and brought to an arena. In bewilderment and dismay, Jack finds himself fettered to a wall and examined by a smouldering-eyed and blue-skinned young woman of Bara, Lady Cici.
Lady Cici, the daughter of Lord Shusha, has come to the arena for one and only reason — to have them killed. She is to be engaged to Prince Marcus, and she cannot afford their existence to jeopardize Marcus’ life, and her forthcoming engagement. She must have them killed, and the arena, where slaves routinely fight to the death, is the perfect place.
But Cici’s heart beats fast and her breath comes in gasps when she first sets her eyes on Jack. When she catches a momentary glimpse of Jack, she knows all of a sudden why she has been so affected.
Jack would look strikingly like HIM if his face were blue.
Cici changes her mind: she no longer desires Jack’s death, but wants him to survive. However, to her annoyance, Jack cannot bring himself to kill his opponents in the arena, even though if he doesn’t kill, he will be killed himself. Looking into Jack’s face with her penetrating gaze, she gives him an ultimatum:
If you win, I will let Brianna go; but if you lose, you know what will happen to her.
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