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© Kayla Mansur & Amanda Muratoff 2018

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Part 1 of the Berylian Key Trilogy

Unfathomable power can consume one’s morality and fan the flames of destruction. Within those embers, sometimes a tainted soul is reforged into that of a hero.


Kin expected this task to be like all the rest, but the Berylian Key shard has proven exceptionally difficult to find. He enters the Great Library of Capul intent on stealing a rare text that could aid him in his quest. Failure in completing his sworn duty holds greater risk than any prison. But Kin has never been one to pass up an opportunity to make his work easier, and when he meets a fellow thief, Amarie, he sees a chance to benefit off her.


If Amarie had known Kin pursued the same shard, she would have reconsidered the partnership in the library. The spark that ignites between them after a daring escape weakens her resolve to stay focused, in spite of the looming danger if he discovers the truth.


Kin struggles between his growing affection for Amarie and the darkness threatening to swallow him whole. He never saw another path for his life before meeting her, but she could change everything.


Amidst secrets and questionable pasts, Amarie and Kin’s fates continuously collide, but for a purpose neither can predict.


Embrace of the Shade is Book 1 in The Berylian Key trilogy, and Book 1 in the Pantracia Chronicles.

Editorial Reviews

"Evocatively written, Embrace of the Shade is an extraordinarily strong intro to a new romantic fantasy series. The pull of the characters towards each other draws the reader into their lives with a similar intensity, with their secrets building suspense throughout. This is a novel where the authors have clearly put a lot of care into each element of the story’s creation. The characters, the world, and the magic are all thoroughly well-constructed, making Embrace of the Shade a classic fantasy story that will please devoted readers of fantasy, as well as romance."

Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★★

"The resistant emotions of two very individual romantic leads make for some fantastic reading as romance looms and sizzles on every page. Author duo Amanda Muratoff and Kayla Mansur do a fantastic job with the intense backstories of both Kin and Amarie, gently letting their vulnerabilities show as readers warm to their thieving ways and become deeply attached to their relationship. The adult content is well delivered and never over the top, with great atmospheric moments and a solid adventure plot that underpins and heightens the romantic elements of the tale. Although this is certainly a high-quality romance novel first and foremost, the fantasy elements are well considered and appropriately developed to give the story a fully rounded feel. Overall, Embrace of the Shade marks a powerful opening to a series that romance and fantasy fans are certain to fall in love with." 

K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite, ★★★★★

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