Viking King’s Vendetta by Sky Purington

King’s Vendetta


of the Dragon



Genre: Time Travel
Fantasy/Shifter Romance

Date of Publication:  August 13, 2018
Number of pages:  260
Word Count:  83,000
Cover Artist:  Tara West
Book Description:
Taking a few months to reflect on
what she truly wants from life, Emily returns to her family home in Winter
Harbor, Maine. Yet she should have known her ties with ancient Scandinavia and
those with dragon blood would catch up with her. Moreover, that her connection
with the man she loves would be impossible to ignore. Something soon proven
when he pulls her back in time to tenth century Norway.
Determined to help his people
defeat a dark prophecy, Viking Sven Sigdir returns to his homeland to find two
regions minus their beloved kings. Leaderless, both clans look to Sven to rule.
Though willing to rise up, he must first uncover the root of the prophecy. That
means reuniting with the woman who holds his heart and setting forth on a perilous
Sven and Emily navigate not only
their feelings for one another but the burgeoning prophecy that might take it
all away. Will they be able to conquer their new adversary before it’s too
late? Or is this just the beginning of something that will change life as they
know it? Find out in Viking King’s Vendetta, an action-packed adventure ripe
with sizzling passion, epic battles, unexpected twists and memorable
3 (Battle Scene)
She eyed someone
suspicious. The warrior was smaller than his counterparts, but there was no
missing his stealthy ways as he managed to keep just out of the fighting.
Though there was no sign of a tattoo, to her mind that made sense. Why put it
where it could be seen again?
If anything, the
enemy likely learned from his mistake yesterday. 
Though tempted
to communicate with Sven telepathically, she wasn’t about to take any chances.
So she kept on fighting, all the while moving closer and closer, assessing the
man for anything that might help them in the future. From what she could tell,
he was completely normal. No glassy mesmerized or even black eyes. He just
seemed sleazy.
She was nearly
on him, ready to lunge when the hair on the back of her neck stood on end. Her
inner dragon screamed up, and her vision went bright red. She wasn’t shifting,
but her dragon was terrified, and Emily listened. Caught in a strange limbo
made of repressed dragon magic, she spun, aimed and whipped her dagger without
giving it any thought.
The blade, thank
the gods, missed Sven’s cheek by a centimeter and slammed into the windpipe of
a man that had been seconds away from running his sword through her mate. Sven
spun, and his eyes locked on the warrior as he fell to his knees. A man, as it
turned out, with a fading dragon tattoo on his neck.
She had taken
down their assassin.
Half a breath
later, a blade slipped around her neck, and the sleazy man behind her roared,
“Drop your weapons, or she dies!”
The look in
Sven’s eyes when he turned back was thunderous. He was so close to embracing
his dragon that rain hissed and spit off his skin. Time seemed to slow as she
thought fast and weighed her options. Her kin still fought, not quite
comprehending what was happening yet.
So she needed to
act decisively.
She needed to
end this before they complied.
“No,” she
whispered as steam began rising off Sven’s skin. She spoke into his mind. “Stay
your dragon, Sven. Our people and kin are too important for you to lose
Then she did
something extremely risky. A move she had only ever practiced on Sven, and it
never went well. Not ever. It always risked her jugular vein. But she had to
give it a shot. She had to keep him from shifting.
So as fast as
she could, she slammed her elbow back into the man and deflected the hand
holding the dagger to her throat with her other arm. Thankfully, she got lucky,
and he stumbled back. Adrenaline rushing, she punched him hard then drove her
dagger up into his heart.
“Gotcha,” she
whispered, grinning before she pulled away then staggered back as she lost her
balance. Having long perfected her sea legs, she didn’t understand at first
until she looked down and saw blood pouring down her chest.
“Crap,” she
whispered as she pressed her hand against the wound on her neck. He had gotten
her after all. Nicked the jugular based on the amount of blood. She turned and
tried to stumble to a nearby mast for support, but Sven was already there, his
eyes wide with fear.
“Loki’s Hel,
woman, you know better than to have done that,” he growled in anguish as he
pressed his hand against her neck. Connected in a way only dragons could be,
the others knew as soon as it happened that she was fatally wounded.
Yet they had no
choice but to keep fighting. 
Vigdis helped
Sven lower her against the mast, replaced his hand with hers against Emily’s
neck and met his eyes. “I will stay with her. You need to keep fighting,
dragon.” When he shook his head, she cut him off with sharp words. “You need to
help your kin and end this fighting if you intend to keep your people safe,
King Sven.”
His eyes drifted
in shock to Emily. He was already lost thinking she was leaving him. She
blinked and tried to nod to him that it was all right, but she wasn’t sure
anything moved. Everything was going numb, and her tongue didn’t work.
“Go!” Vigdis
roared and shoved him with her free hand. “Now!”
He nodded, his
eyes tortured before he spun, roared and took up defense in front of them. But
not before his whispered words rolled through her mind. How much he loved her.
That he would keep her safe. He would be back. Not to fear.
Then she slipped
into utter darkness.

About the Author:

Sky Purington is the bestselling
author of forty novels and novellas. A New Englander born and bred who recently
moved to Virginia, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth, and
legend. When combined with a love for history, romance, and time-travel,
elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books.
Purington loves to hear from
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