The Gilded Prince: A Prelude to A Wicked Wind
Twenty-three years before the events of The Hunter's Gambit, The Gilded Prince delves into one of the seminal moments in the life of Jonas Belgi, taking place when he is a mere 4 months old.
Princess Rhiannon Belgi and her husband Joel, the third-born Seraph, have been summoned to Dalita by Kevara Avlon, the Angelus and Joel's mother.
Despite it being the heart of winter, Rhiannon agrees to travel north with her young family to the Basilica, where Jonas will be baptized and formally acknowledged as a prince among angels.
Despite their frosty interactions in the past, Rhiannon is hopeful that attending the ceremony will help thaw her relationship with her husband's family.
The events that follow delve deep into the personal histories of Rhiannon and Joel, as forces beyond their control conspire to alter their lives forever. This is a story of love, family, and sacrifice.
This is The Gilded Prince.
A Wicked Wind (Book 2 of The Archanium Codex)
As the aftershocks of Kalinor’s fall radiate through the realm of Ilyar, Prince Jonas Belgi finds himself fighting a very different war. As he battles for his very soul, powerful forces are in motion to remove him from the world entirely, lest the contradictory magics burning within him erupt, engulfing the entire world in a conflagration that no one, not even his beloved Hunter Aleksei Drago, could hope to confront, much less survive.
Even as Jonas begins the seemingly-impossible task of escaping his confines and reuniting with Aleksei, the Lord Captain is caught up in the savage civil war. As the fractured remnants of the Legions attempt to regroup and seek out a refuge from the hordes of rebel soldiers hot on their trail, Aleksei is confronted by a new nemesis, a creature of pure malevolence at once invisible and indestructible.
Even as Aleksei prepares his forces to battle an enemy twice their size, he must constantly be on guard for the howling wind that stalks him in the open, waiting for the perfect moment to catch him unawares, thus forfeiting not only his life but Jonas’ as well. Aleksei is constantly torn between his need to find and free Jonas, and commanding the last remnant of the once-mighty Legion against the Zra-Uul’s rebellion, despite its overwhelming numbers and scores of powerful and destructive Magi under the Demon Bael’s command.
Having to chose between his heart and his homeland, Aleksei attempts to accomplish the impossible, while always listening for wind. A Wicked Wind.