Devlin was the King’s Physician until a blood mage siphoned Devlin’s magic and used it to wipe the kingdom’s memories. Sir Eldrich, his replacement, has protection against Filvane’s spells, but he only knows the whispered rumors: Devlin, the former King’s Physician, stole King Korgon’s crown on his coronation day.
Once Eldrich is appointed King’s Physician, Devlin notices a decline in King Korgon’s health and wonders if Eldrich is to blame. When Eldrich nearly bleeds to death on Devlin’s doorstep from grievous sword wounds, they’re thrown together in a race to keep King Korgon alive. They question the other’s allegiance to their king, but it will take their combined efforts and trust to stop Filvane from destroying Korgon and the entire realm of the living. In the end, these two King’s physicians may have more in common than their titles. They may even fall in love.
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Thanks so much for giving me a bit of space on your blog to gush over my current release, The King’s Physician. Today, I’m going to share the inspiration behind the setting for this excerpt from chapter one. I’ve always wanted to own a magic shop, like the one in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Side note: When I’m stressed, I’ll play the sixth season musical episode, “Once More, With Feeling,” and sing along. It always makes me feel better!) Devlin’s magic shop would have more natural lighting from the windows, but the general premise is the same.
For Devlin’s flaw, I imagined owning a magic shop but having no magic of my own. It would be torture. Devlin was once the greatest magician in the land, sworn to protect the king, but now he’s the laughingstock of the kingdom. When he tries to read the books in the shop, the words fall off the pages. When he tries to remember words of a poem he once knew, they come out of his mouth all wrong. He has no memory of magic, only what the Underground thieves tell him of the past. Thieves like their tall tales, though, so he’s convinced himself magic isn’t real, even when he sees it with his own eyes.
If you’re intrigued, please enjoy this exclusive excerpt from The King’s Physician!
“The overcast afternoon had turned to darker gray outside The Magic Shop’s front windows. The candles in the wall sconces cast long shadows across the wood floors. In the shadows, the particle haze was even more apparent. On the eve of Yule, the start of Dovington’s festival week, the shop collected more dust than customers.
Without the support of the Dovington Underground, Devlin would be begging on the street corner instead of comfortable in his shop. His only customer had been the delivery boy. If not for the peppermint candies next to the cash box, he wouldn’t have made a single scrap of coin. As it was, he made only two bits. He wished he were a real magician, not a mere trinket dealer. A real magician could lure real customers instead of thieves in need of patch-jobs.
He arced the broom beneath the heart-shaped loveseat in the center of the room, sending miniature cyclones of filth spinning toward the bookshelves. Only dust bunnies thrived in this place. He swept the rest of the sitting room and between the bookshelves of magical tomes at the back of the store before collecting the dirt and dumping it into the cobbled street. The pure white snow darkened to gray and began to melt.
Like the snow, nothing pure in Devlin’s life ever stayed long. His mother had died giving birth to him. His father had sold him into an apprenticeship so he could remarry. When King Karl had rescued Devlin from life on the streets and raised him as Prince Korgon’s playmate, he’d flourished. Korgon was the little brother Devlin always wanted.
He should have seen it coming. His friend was heir to the Farbonnur throne. A friendship like theirs could never last. Korgon liked girls, and Devlin…didn’t. Then, he’d taken their friendship for granted and ruined his own future the way detritus ruined fresh snow.
A magic-shop owner with no magic, he thought of himself. I should have left town when I had the chance.”
Edie Montreux is a cis/demi/het ally for all aspects of the LGBTQ+ rainbow. She loves her husband, Queen, dogs, and video games. Edie works full-time to support her LGBTQ-fiction writing habit, but still finds time to walk the dogs and protect imaginary worlds from fantasy creatures.
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