The Gathering Storm

Reads: 1732  | Likes: 0  | Shelves: 0  | Comments: 39

More Details
Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
It is just the beginning...

As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, Imperial Princess Zian Silverheart tries to hide a dark secret: she can shapeshift into a wolf. No one but a select few knows, and the secret must be kept at all costs. Zian considers her talent a gift, but not all see it that way. When a mysterious rumor begins to circulate in the King's social circle, she finds herself caught up in the web of intrique.

An ancient race is growing on the waves of the Imperial Sea- and those aligned with the Shifters are beginning to rise again. Suddenly Zian's secret as a shape-changer attracts the attention from unwelcome sources... including two young men- Luca Opalace, a stranger who arrived to court with his family, and who seems to hate her from the very start, and the dashing Prince Daemon, heir to the throne of Natoria, to whom Zian is inexplicably drawn.

The time has come for Zian to embrace her power, but which side will she choose- and to whom will she give her heart?

**For underxyourxspell's Music and Magic Challenge. My music for my entry was AudioMachine's, The Messenger.**

Table of Contents

Prologue

Submitted: March 25, 2012

It is just the beginning...

As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, Imperial Princess Zian Silverheart tries to hide a dark secret: she can shapeshift into a wolf. No one but a select few knows, and the secret must be kept at all costs. Zian considers her talent a gift, but not all see it that way. When a mysterious rumor begins to circulate in the King's social circle, she finds herself caught up in the web of intrique.

An ancient race is growing on the waves of the Imperial Sea- and those aligned with the Shifters are beginning to rise again. Suddenly Zian's secret as a shape-changer attracts the attention from unwelcome sources... including two young men- Luca Opalace, a stranger who arrived to court with his family, and who seems to hate her from the very start, and the dashing Prince Daemon, heir to the throne of Natoria, to whom Zian is inexplicably drawn.

The time has come for Zian to embrace her power, but which side will she choose- and to whom will she give her heart?

**For underxyourxspell's Music and Magic Challenge. My music for my entry was AudioMachine's, The Messenger.** Read Chapter

Chapter One

Submitted: April 01, 2012

I ran for my life. The rain pelted down upon me like tiny soldiers while the guardsmen at my back yelled with the thunder. Heavy clouds h... Read Chapter

Chapter Two

Submitted: April 13, 2012

A specific order, often the same each week, takes place during balls. First the king and my mother would descend from the grand staircase... Read Chapter

Chapter Three

Submitted: April 16, 2012

Dinner, delicious as it was, went on as well as expected.  The king was loud and arrogant as he recapped his many victories and exag... Read Chapter

Chapter Four

Submitted: April 16, 2012

I felt like I was going to be sick.  My body was flashing from hot to cold quicker than I could adjust and bile kept rising in my th... Read Chapter

Chapter Five

Submitted: May 01, 2012

In a way, they looked like refugees.  No one had had time to change from their ball attire, so everyone looked like a sick rendition... Read Chapter

Chapter Six

Submitted: May 02, 2012

I came to with the taste of dirt on my tongue and the loud scream of a woman in my ears.  At first I registered no pain, save that o... Read Chapter

Chapter Seven

Submitted: May 14, 2012

Everything was quiet in the shadow of the forest. The sun overhead basked the land in its warmth and glory, falling through the spring le... Read Chapter

Chapter Eight

Submitted: May 16, 2012

Waking up proved to be harder than I had originally thought; it was a battle of sorts, between the God of sleep and myself. How I could h... Read Chapter

Chapter Nine

Submitted: May 27, 2012

The outside world was a golden place of an evening sunset, but all the sunlight in the world could not take away from the stains of war a... Read Chapter

Chapter Ten

Submitted: June 15, 2012

Walking up the front steps of the grand house was nerve wracking.  Every step I took was carefully watched, and the eight guards pos... Read Chapter

Chapter Eleven

Submitted: June 15, 2012

I don’t know who sounded the shout, but it did the job just fine.  As everyone quieted down and returned to their seats, all eyes ... Read Chapter