The Damned

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
England, 1533. Three hundred years ago, Isabel Devereux was a girl who dreamt of death. Now, Isabel is death itself.

To Thomas Sutton, Isabel is both saviour and demon, lover and torturer, holding his life in her hands. To Thomas, she will reveal her story, a haunting tale of family greed and ambition, of love and loyalty amongst the most powerful, and most corrupt, of nobles. The beautiful vampiress harbours terrible blood-stained secrets and a tragic tale of thwarted love, of a heart given and a heart betrayed by those who should have protected her. But when death came for Isabel three hundred years ago, he took the form of a golden-haired man who gifted her with eternity - and an unquenchable thirst for blood. Thomas will be heir to it all, if he chooses. But first he must face her demons and his own. He must hear the story of Isabel and Conor, star-crossed lovers who seem fated to destroy one another.

Exploring the dichotomy between fate and self-fulfilling prophecy, Forged in Blood is dark, sensuous and shocking. Here are vampires and monsters, demons and innocents, men and women caught up in death and destruction, blood and savagery, cruelty and love.

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Forged in Blood

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One    Darkmoor Hall, Yorkshire, 4th November 1533    ... Read Chapter

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    2   Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland, 10th December 1211   Conor’s mother shivered, the Dece... Read Chapter

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    3   Pompocali Castle, Yorkshire, 20th December 1211   The midwife turned towards Lynessa,... Read Chapter

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    4   Pompocali Castle, Yorkshire, 15th October 1215   The countess’ high-pitched screams... Read Chapter

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    5   Pompocali Castle, Yorkshire, 7th December 1215   “Her beauty was so extraordinary, ... Read Chapter

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    6   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 4th November 1533   Isabel paused in her recollections. The ... Read Chapter

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    7   Pompocali Castle, Yorkshire, 5th April 1217   “Come here, sweeting,” Ayleth said,... Read Chapter

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    8   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 4th November 1533   Isabel looked over her shoulder, her gaz... Read Chapter

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    9   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 14th December 1537   Thomas opened the door to his chamber t... Read Chapter

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    10   Easky, Sligo, Ireland, 19th May 1218   The sun glittered on the river, the water thr... Read Chapter

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    11   Banagh, Donegal, Ireland, 6th June 1218   The stage was a large square of dirt, cord... Read Chapter

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    12   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 14th December 1537   “The earl bought me.” Thomas f... Read Chapter

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    13   Banagh, Donegal, Ireland, 6th June 1218   “He’s a fierce young man of twenty, de... Read Chapter

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    14   Banagh, Donegal, Ireland, 8th June 1218   The tallest was an old knight. An angry re... Read Chapter

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    15   Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland, 15th June 1218   Conor’s body ached as he lay on the ... Read Chapter

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    16   Galmoy, Kilkenny, Ireland, 22nd June 1218   Conor stood chest to chest with Conchoba... Read Chapter

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    17   Inis Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland, 23rd June 1218   The sky was very blue, no clouds pr... Read Chapter

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    18   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 14th December 1537   “Her name was Eva, and she is, unsur... Read Chapter

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    19   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 15th December 1537   The sky was dark as Isabel glided thro... Read Chapter

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    20   Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 22nd January 1219   The journey to Glencaer had taken man... Read Chapter

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    21   Inis Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland, 17th July 1220   Jarin backed away from him slowly, ... Read Chapter

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    22   Inis Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland, 13th October 1219   “Conor,” Eva called, the bri... Read Chapter

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    23   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 15th December 1537   Conor swung his booted feet to the gro... Read Chapter

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    24   Glencaer, Welsh Marches Shropshire, 5th July 1221   The weather was beautiful, the a... Read Chapter

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    25   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 18th August 1224   The remnants of the feast th... Read Chapter

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    26   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 14th December 1537   “I was nothing more than a pawn to h... Read Chapter

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    27   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 14th January 1225   It was a mild January morni... Read Chapter

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    28   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 15th December 1537   “Ironically, it was death that broug... Read Chapter

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  29   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 30th March 1225   Isabel dreamed that her father was ... Read Chapter

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    30   Pompocali Castle, Yorkshire, 7th April 1221   Will and Isabel rode across the grey l... Read Chapter

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    31   Pompocali Castle, Yorkshire, 29th April 1225   Sophia sat beside Isabel, humming a g... Read Chapter

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    32   Pompocali Castle, Yorkshire, 13th May 1225   Isabel sat in the solar with Felicia, W... Read Chapter

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    33   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 18th June 1226   The air was sweet-smelling and... Read Chapter

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    34   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 15th December 1537   “It was the beginning of a beautiful... Read Chapter

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    35   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 27th March 1228   Strega’s skin twitched as a... Read Chapter

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    36   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 30th April 1228   The town was a place she seld... Read Chapter

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    37   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 1st May 1228   The groom whipped him over and o... Read Chapter

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    38   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 4th August 1230   That night Isabel dreamt of T... Read Chapter

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    39   Pompocali Castle, Yorkshire, 8th August 1230   In less than an hour, she had been on... Read Chapter

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    40   Pompocali Castle, Yorkshire, 15th August 1230   The whole family attended Will’s f... Read Chapter

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    41   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 18th April 1231   He was waiting in the doorway... Read Chapter

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42   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 19th April 1231 Conor would assume that it had all been a dream, but there wer... Read Chapter

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    43   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 15th December 1537   Isabel smiled at the memory, the thoug... Read Chapter

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44   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 25th April 1231   Conor saw them... Read Chapter

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45   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 26th April 1231  Isabel sank to the ground, marvell... Read Chapter

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46  Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 17th May 1231 The summer sun shone through the window as Isabe... Read Chapter

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    47   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 15th December 1537 &nbs... Read Chapter

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      48   Ikerrin, Tipperary, Ireland, 17th May 123... Read Chapter

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    49    Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 15th December 1537  ... Read Chapter

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    50   Glencaer, Welsh Marches, Shropshire, 17th May 1231   Afterwards, Tristan lay on top ... Read Chapter

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    51   Bero Castle, Bero, Devon, 31st May 1231   Conor pulled his horse to a stop, and slac... Read Chapter

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    52   Bero Castle, Bero, Devon, 7th June 1231 The golden haired man was following Conor. He was ... Read Chapter

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  53   Bero Castle, Bero, Devon, 28th July 1231  “And so we meet again.”  The strang... Read Chapter

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    54   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 15th December 1537 “The worst part of it was the knowledge that... Read Chapter

Epilogue

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    Epilogue   Foxwood Hall, Yorkshire, 25th November 2011 The sky outside had lightened to grey. T... Read Chapter