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Gena Showalter
Lifeblood

Lifeblood
Gena Showalter

‘My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.’With her last living breath, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?But Ten's competition is Killian, the boy she can't forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she's never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

“My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.”

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

Lifeblood

Gena Showalter

To God, my rock, my fortress and my deliverer!

To Naomi at French ’N’ Bookish—Thank you for all you do. Your support and enthusiasm are absolutely priceless!

To Katy Evans and Sarah J. Maas—You guys are such a delight, and so freaking talented! I’m honored to know you.

To my earthly support team, Vicki Tolbert, Shonna Hurt, Michelle Quine and Jill Monroe—You are divine blessings!

To Bryn Collier—You give good promo! Thank you, thank you and a thousand times thank you!

To Siena Koncsol—You, brilliant lady, do so much behind the scenes and I’m so very grateful!

To my editor Natashya Wilson—The time and attention you give to me and my work is so appreciated!

“I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

—CHARLES DICKENS, A TALE OF TWO CITIES

The light Expands and the darkness Narrows (#u4ec5c551-db0a-522b-9758-918687dc1c8b)

I’ve heard it said your entire life flashes before your eyes as you die. Those words comfort those who have loved and been loved but torment those who have failed and been failed.

I say, when you know where you’re going to spend eternity, celebrate! Death has been defeated. Life forever reigns.

I am proof. My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is now beginning.

My Light will shine…

The shadows will scatter…and every life will matter…

It’s time to do what I was born to do. It’s time to arise and shine.

Whatever I face—be it war, persecution, hunger, simple threats or my Second-death—I will not be deterred. Night will be replaced by day, and those who cry in the dark will rejoice in the morning.

The day is about to dawn. Time is short. Let the battle begin.

Glossary of Terms excerpted from the Book of the Law (#u4ec5c551-db0a-522b-9758-918687dc1c8b)

Abrogate—

Without hope, there is no Light.

★ The highest rank of General in Myriad.

★ Rare, none currently in existence.

★ Those who extinguish the Light in others.

Conduit—

Day will forever chase away the night.

★ The highest rank of General in Troika.

★ Rare, only two currently in existence.

★ Those who absorb the essence of sunlight from the Land of the Harvest and direct the beams to Troika.

Covenant—

So you shall say, and so it shall be.

★ Any blood oath agreed upon between two separate parties (i.e. a human and an Everlife realm), legally voided only through court.

★ If covenant terms are broken illegally, a human can be punished and put to death and a spirit can be enslaved.

Everlife—

Where there is no beginning and no end.

★ The afterlife, where Troika and Myriad are in power and at war.

★ Also known as the Unending.

Firstking—

He reigns with mercy and might evermore, evermore.

★ Creator of Troika, Myriad, humans and their home, the Land of the Harvest.

★ Father of the Secondkings: Eron the Prince of Doves, and Ambrosine the Prince of Ravens.

Firstlife—