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The Broken Kingdom

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ALSO BY SARAH CHAPMAN

The Magekiller

The Mixed Duology:

The Lord of the Plains

The Broken Kingdom

 

 

The Broken Kingdom

The Mixed Duology: Book Two

Copyright © 2014 by Sarah Chapman

Smashwords Edition

All rights reserved. No part of this book may
be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever including Internet
usage, without written permission of the author.

Ebook formatting by Maureen Cutajar

www.gopublished.com

 

To my fiancé,

I wouldn’t have finished it without you.

 

 

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank everyone who helped me
with this book. My parents, who were some of the first readers, and
particularly my mother, who read it more times than I did while
proofreading! I’d also like to thank everyone else who helped and
supported me while finishing this story.

 

 

Contents

Map

Chapter
1

Chapter
2

Chapter
3

Chapter
4

Chapter
5

Chapter
6

Chapter
7

Chapter
8

Chapter
9

Chapter
10

Chapter
11

Chapter
12

Chapter
13

Chapter
14

Chapter
15

Chapter
16

Chapter
17

Chapter
18

Chapter
19

Chapter
20

Chapter
21

Chapter
22

Chapter
23

Chapter
24

Chapter
25

Chapter
26

Chapter
27

Chapter
28

Chapter
29

Chapter
30

Chapter
31

Chapter
32

Chapter
33

Chapter
34

Chapter
35

Chapter
36

Chapter
37

Chapter
38

Chapter
39

Chapter
40

Chapter
41

Chapter
42

Chapter
43

Chapter
44

Chapter
45

Chapter
46

Chapter
47

Chapter
48

Chapter
49

Chapter
50

Chapter
51

Chapter
52

Chapter
53

Chapter
54

Chapter
55

Chapter
56

Chapter
57

Chapter
58

Chapter
59

Chapter
60

Chapter
61

Chapter
62

Chapter
63

Chapter
64

Chapter
65

Chapter
66

Chapter
67

Chapter
68

Chapter
69

Chapter
70

Chapter
71

Chapter
72

Chapter
73

Chapter 74

Chapter 75

Chapter 76

Chapter 77

 

 

Chapter 1

V
ann shut the door behind
him. Commander Lart Reista of the Coastside Submariners gazed at
Vann unblinkingly from across his desk, an unusually sombre
expression on his face. ‘Sit down, submariner.’

Vann obeyed.

‘This will be all over Coastside soon…’

This was starting to feel very familiar to
Vann…

‘…and I wanted you to know first.’ The
Commander slid a photo across the desk and leant back in his
chair.

Vann looked down at the photo. It was black
and white and grainy. Photographs were used solely for military
purposes, and this one had likely been taken by a Predator.

Vann narrowed his eyes as he tried to figure
out what he was seeing. It looked like a giant cloud over a
mountain. He looked up. Before he could ask, the Commander
continued talking. ‘Two days ago charges placed within the gemeng
caves were set off. This is the result.’

Vann went very still.

‘A Predator has been overhead those caves
since then. The gemeng leader, Riley Meilis, and most of her
gemengs are dead.’

He didn’t realise it, but Vann slumped back
in his chair, suddenly weak. ‘H-how can you be sure?’

‘The Predator. She was inside the caves when
the charges were set. No one has emerged since then. If, somehow,
she survived the blast and collapse, she is dead now.’

Vann opened his mouth, closed it. He had
gone grey. ‘I-I don’t understand.’

The Commander’s gaze did not waver.

Strength leached back into his voice as he
talked. ‘I don’t understand. This doesn’t make any sense. Why would
we do this? Why now? They were fighting the ehlkrid. A-and what
about the valkar? I thought Mr Briggs… I thought Astar hoped for an
alliance with them.’

‘The valkar was not inside at the time. It
was made sure he wouldn’t be harmed.’

‘But she’s half valkar!’

‘Astar may wish for an alliance with the
valkar, but they cannot let that dictate all of their policy,
especially not when it comes to the safety of Astar and Coastside.
As for the ehlkrid, after examining the body of one of them, the
military believes MEWs and RAWs will be effective against them. The
assistance of the gemengs is not wanted, or needed.’

Lart Reista observed Vann quietly as he
processed this information. He’d known Vann a long time. It was
hard to see him suffer like this.

‘She let us into the caves…’ Vann said
slowly, ‘that’s the only reason this happened. She trusted us.’

The Commander hesitated. Then he slid
something else across the table. Uncharacteristic reluctance
entered his voice. Vann did not look down.

‘You are to be given a commendation for your
assistance in destroying the gemeng threat. Saris Valais is also
receiving a commendation for his work…’

And then Vann looked. Atop the wooden desk
was a simple badge which could be sewn on his uniform. It was
shaped like a diamond, on it was an image of a mountain with a
cloud of smoke coming off it.

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