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Claiming the Dragon King


  Table of Contents

  Claiming the Dragon King

  More Books by Amelia Hutchins

  Reading Order

  Dedication

  Warning!

  Claiming the Dragon King

  Chapter One

  Chapter Two

  Chapter Three

  Chapter Four

  Chapter Five

  Chapter Six

  Chapter Seven

  Chapter Eight

  Chapter Nine

  Chapter Ten

  Chapter Eleven

  Chapter Twelve

  Chapter Thirteen

  Chapter Fourteen

  Chapter Fifteen

  Chapter Sixteen

  Chapter Seventeen

  Chapter Eighteen

  Chapter Nineteen

  Chapter Twenty

  Chapter Twenty-One

  Chapter Twenty-Two

  Chapter Twenty-Three

  Chapter Twenty-Four

  Chapter Twenty-Five

  Chapter Twenty-Six

  Chapter Twenty-Seven

  Chapter Twenty-Eight

  Chapter Twenty-Nine

  Chapter Thirty

  Chapter Thirty-One

  Chapter Thirty-Two

  Chapter Thirty-Three

  Chapter Thirty-Four

  Chapter Thirty-Five

  Chapter Thirty-Six

  Chapter Thirty-Seven

  Chapter Thirty-Eight

  Chapter Thirty-Nine

  Chapter Forty

  Chapter Forty-One

  Chapter Forty-Two

  Chapter Forty-Three

  Chapter Forty-Four

  Chapter Forty-Five

  Chapter Forty-Six

  Chapter Forty-Seven

  About the Author

  Embracing the Dragon Sneak Peek

  Chapter I

  Chapter II

  Claiming the Dragon King

  Claiming the Dragon King

  Copyright © July 10, 2018 by Amelia Hutchins

  Amazon Edition

  This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual events or locales is entirely coincidental.

  This book both in its entirety and in portions is the sole property of

  Amelia Hutchins

  Claiming the Dragon King © 2018 by Amelia Hutchins.

  All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book, or portions thereof, in any form. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, downloaded, decompiled, reverse engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system, in any form or by any means, whether electronic or mechanical without the express written permission of the author. The scanning, uploading and distribution of this book via the Internet or via any other means without the permission of the publisher is illegal and punishable by law. Please purchase only authorized electronic editions and do not participate in or encourage electronic piracy of copyrighted materials.

  This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This Ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re selling this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to company from which it was obtained from and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

  The unauthorized reproduction of or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright, infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to 5 years in Federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

  Cover Art Design: Tenaya Jane

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  Published by: Amelia Hutchins

  Published in (United States of America)

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  More Books by Amelia Hutchins

  The Fae Chronicles

  Fighting Destiny

  Taunting Destiny

  Escaping Destiny

  Seducing Destiny

  Unraveling Destiny

  Embracing Destiny - Coming Soon

  The Elite Guards

  A Demon’s Dark Embrace

  Claiming the Dragon King

  A Guardian’s Diary

  Darkest Before Dawn

  Death Before Dawn

  Midnight Rising - 2018

  Monsters Series

  (Part of the Fae Chronicles)

  Playing with Monsters

  Sleeping With Monsters

  Reading Order

  If you’re following the series for the Fae Chronicles, Elite Guards, and Monsters, reading order is as follows:

  Fighting Destiny

  Taunting Destiny

  Escaping Destiny

  Seducing Destiny

  A Demon’s Dark Embrace

  Playing with Monsters

  Unraveling Destiny

  Sleeping With Monsters

  Claiming the Dragon King

  Dedication

  This one is for you, the fans.

  Warning!

  Stop!! Read the warning below before purchasing this book.

  TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains scenes of graphic violence and does have adult language and sexually explicit scenes that may be offensive to some readers. The book does include the subject matter of rape. Rape isn’t a joke, nor is it used for titillation in this book. If you know someone or have been a victim of rape yourself, get help. Don’t let the asshole get away with it because chances are, your attacker will do it to someone else. You’re not alone in this. Thousands of people are raped daily; there are hundreds of people who go free after attacking their victim because the victim is afraid to report or discuss the crime for a variety of reasons. No means no. If you or someone you know has been a victim of rape, get help. RAINN is available in many countries, and is a free confidential hotline. It is free to call and available 24/7 call 1-800-656-HOPE.

  Warning: This book is dark. It’s sexy, hot, and intense. The author is human, you are as well. Is the book perfect? It’s as perfect as I could make it. Are there mistakes? Probably, then again, even New York Times top published books have minimal mistakes because like me, they have human editors. There are words in this book that won’t be found in the standard dictionary, because they were created to set the stage for a paranormal-urban fantasy world. Words such as ‘sift’, ‘glamoured’, and ‘apparate’ are common in paranormal books and give better description to the action in the story than can be found in standard dictionaries. They are intentional and not mistakes.

  About the hero: chances are you may not fall instantly in love with him, that’s because I don’t write men you instantly love; you grow to love them. I don’t believe in instant-love. I write flawed, raw, caveman-like assholes that eventually let you see their redeeming qualities. They are aggressive, assholes, one step above a caveman when we meet them. You may not even like him by the time you finish this book, but I promise you will love him by the end of this series.

  About the heroine: There is a chance, that you might think she’s a bit naïve o
r weak, but then again who starts out as a badass? Badasses are a product of growth and I am going to put her through hell, and you get to watch her come up swinging every time I knock her on her ass. That’s just how I do things. How she reacts to the set of circumstances she is put through, may not be how you as the reader, or I as the author would react to that same situation. Everyone reacts differently to circumstances and how Ciara responds to her challenges, is how I see her as a character and as a person.

  I don’t write love stories: I write fast paced, knock you on your ass, make you sit on the edge of your seat wondering what happens in the next kind of books. If you’re looking for cookie cutter romance, this isn’t for you. If you can’t handle the ride, un-buckle your seatbelt and get out of the roller-coaster car now. If not, you’ve been warned. If nothing outlined above bothers you, carry on and enjoy the ride!

  Claiming the Dragon King

  Chapter One

  Several figures stood bathed in the moon’s light as their leader decided their course of action. Centuries had passed since that fateful night so long ago, a night he had never forgotten and never would. Revenge brought them to this point in time, to this place of horrors. He would never forgive what they’d done, or forget it. That course of action and chaos had molded him into a fighter, a survivor. He’d become driven by the need for revenge, to take from them what they had taken from his people. Tonight he would do the unthinkable: he would become no better than they were. Tonight he would steal the infant children of the newly-crowned Horde King.

  Blane lifted his head, staring up at the starless sky. He sent a silent prayer that it wouldn’t be in vain; that this mission wouldn’t go askew and that his people wouldn’t suffer more for this valiant play to secure peace for his kind. Life for his kind was in turmoil, never-ending suffering as they remained in the shadows, in lands that not even the Horde would walk through and yet they couldn’t return home, not without securing peace or taking down the Horde’s most powerful creature, their king.

  A noise sounded from the mouth of the cave they waited in front of, bringing Blane back to the here and now.

  Sadie pranced out, swaying her hips as she licked her lips as she held his line of sight. She was younger than he, easily manipulated. He’d almost felt bad for what he had done, seducing the young maid to feed him information. Blane hadn’t wanted to use her, but the more he learned about her and her brothers, the less guilt he felt at his actions. She was also what he hated most, Horde to her core.

  “They’re holding court,” she announced as the blood dripped from a dainty fang. “The guards are down, never to wake again,” she laughed musically. “Now pay me.”

  Blane had promised her dragon tears, a priceless commodity considering the world thought them extinct. He held out a vial, and her fingers jerked and twitched with longing as she held her hand out to accept her payment.

  “And tell me, Sadie, what will you do with them?” he asked softly, carefully. He gazed at the cold marble features that hours ago had been screaming in pleasure as she’d rode his cock.

  “I will use them to lure children to me,” she purred. “The blood of the innocent is…exotic,” she sighed huskily as if the thought of helpless children turned her on. Blane stepped closer, his hands itching to wrap around her dainty throat.

  “You’d kill innocent children for fun?” he asked angrily, not shocked in the least. She was one hundred percent Horde and thrived on the pain of others. He watched as she tipped her dark head back and laughed as if the ire in his tone amused her. Anger pulsed through him, red-hot; rage filled his soul and lightning fast, his sword cut through the air soundlessly and effortlessly, as he’d been trained to do from birth. Her gaze met his as her head left her body, separating from it. No sound reached their ears other than her head as it hit the sand beneath their feet.

  “Hide the corpse,” he growled.

  “You didn’t have to kill her,” Fyra said in a bored tone. “She could have been fun.”

  “We’re not here for fun,” Blane snapped. “We are here to take the king’s children.”

  “You think he will bow to us once we have them?” she argued. “You’re a fool, Blane, if you think they will even care that they are gone. They are Horde; they hold no love for their spawns, not when they can make an endless supply of them now.”

  “He’s different,” Blane retorted crisply. “He protects them, which means they can be used against him. He’ll trade his life for them, and once he has, he will die for what he has done to our kind. After we’ve ended his reign, we will move to take the castle, and with it, we will rule the Horde.”

  “Is that what you really want? To rule a murderous, monstrous bunch that dragons have never cared to claim or be a part of?” she asked as her ice blue gaze searched his. “No, you don’t want to be king; you want to end them for what they have done to us. If we kill the head, the body doesn’t follow. You and I both know that isn’t how this works. Once he dies, another one will rise. I understand your position, but this is a war we won’t win, Blane.”

  “We are not trying to win a war,” he said coldly. “They slaughtered my sister inside these walls, as well as my father. Fury was the rightful dragon king, and Alazander murdered him simply because he could, as a warning to any who thought to rise against him. No one intervened, not one royal house stepped in to defend us after they’d given us their word that they would fight beside us. Instead, they let the Horde attack us until no dragon was left.”

  “But they fucked up, didn’t they?” she laughed softly. “They left a young boy alive, and hundreds more who were hidden from them. And now we will rise, Blane. Let’s hope this plan works, or they’ll have slaughtered another dragon king inside these walls.”

  “The Goddess is on our side,” he uttered as he nodded towards the headless corpse. “Get rid of her before the next patrol comes on and discovers it. I won’t have this plan thwarted before it begins.”

  “Rumor has it they have an actual Goddess,” Wren grumbled, bending down to blow on the corpse. Flames ignited from Wren’s hands, and dragon flames of red and green hues consumed the corpse, leaving nothing but ashes as the fire burned out. The wind heaved, blowing them onto the sand and into the waters behind the castle.

  “Does anyone have anything useful to say? Or do you all just want to fucking hold your dicks and whine a little longer?” Blane snapped. He knew they worried; hell, he was worried. He could be walking his best friends to their deaths. This was their chance, though, their time. The Horde had kept them down, kept them running from fear of being discovered. His people couldn’t hide much longer, not with the creatures of the forest attacking more and more.

  No, he had to move now to secure peace. His people needed a home, a place they could call their own. They’d hidden in the mountains, in the marshes, and in the deserts of Faery for long enough. The Mages were out there, preparing to fight the Horde, and everyone knew they couldn’t fight two wars, not at the same time. Not with the damage done to Faery, where they pulled their strength from. It was now or never.

  “Let’s move,” he growled as he started towards the cave’s mouth, the forgotten entrance into the Horde stronghold. It had been built when the castle itself was created, a bolt-hole to escape if the Horde ever turned on the royal family. It consisted of low-hanging caverns and winding, twisting passageways that led deep beneath the castle. “The wards are down, the guards are changing so be watchful. If we are discovered, you know what to do.”

  “It takes time to open the portal, remember that,” Fyra grumbled as they entered the pitch-black cave. There would be no escape if they were discovered before Fyra could open the portal; they’d go out fighting, which was more than his father had been able to do.

  He trudged through the darkened tunnels for what felt like hours until they reached a false wall, one Sadie had discovered long ago when she’d
been sleeping with a guard. He spared a moment for the vampire he’d dispatched, and then a cold smile played across his lips. She couldn’t hurt any more children. Her days of feeding on them and leaving corpses in her wake were a thing of the past.

  Blane pushed against the door and hesitated as the wall gave a loud creak and moved, revealing the dungeon of the Horde. Inside was damp, cold, and as dark as the tunnel they’d just exited. It looked unused, empty as far as his eyes could see. His chest tightened with pain as he imagined his sister and father locked in the tiny cells.

  He pushed the pain away, pushed the memories of them to the back of his mind as he emerged into the room and made his way to the staircase that led deeper into the stronghold. Once there, he pulled the armor from the bag that rested on his hip. They made quick work of changing into the uniform of the Elite Guard, praying no one noticed the difference in craftsmanship.

  “From here on out, silence. Not another word until we reach the living quarters.”

  It took everything he had inside him not to cut down the Fae who moved through the larger rooms they walked in. No one spoke to them, not even the other guards who were positioned everywhere inside the castle. Every exit or door held armed guards, an added precaution for the lack of wards. His small group looked and moved just like them, but then he’d watched them closely for over a century as they moved around the land of Faery.

  They started up a grand staircase, never stopping until they reached the furthest hallway. They split off from the others who moved about the halls, going to and from the guards living quarters and the royal family’s. No one noticed a group of guards lingering inside the hallway where the Elite Guard lived, not when they looked as if they belonged there.

 
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