By: Leia Stone

He shrugged. “I’m sure you can’t control it. Just like you couldn’t control that purple blast of magic that made me feel like I’d been kicked in the balls.”

My eyes went wide as I winced. “Ouch, really?” Oopsie.

He grabbed his junk and nodded. “It was very effective, but I need to teach you to control it better. Hone it. Give it a purpose. Harness your druid power.”

I swallowed hard. “No offense, but I don’t really want to learn the ways of the druid. I’m a skyborn and that’s enough for now.” I’d had enough weirdness to last me a lifetime and I hadn’t even begun my training with Logan yet.

Isaac nodded. “Understandable. But you will. I’m not like those monsters. I don’t use dragon magic to gain power. I borrow from Mother Earth, and so will you.”

The way he was speaking, with such finality, it was annoying and scary. “Oh yeah? Why’s that?”

He grinned, his straight white teeth and dimpled cheeks making him look ten years younger. “Because I’ve been waiting a century for one of your kind. Together we can kill Ardan and take out the druid line forever.”

My pulse skyrocketed. “How?” To be honest, that’s all I had wanted to do since I heard of these crazy monsters, but Ardan seemed way too powerful for only two druids to take on. Hell, he’d just commanded red lightening from the sky and could disappear and reappear at will!

Isaac stepped closer and pulled his sleeve up to show me an intricate tattoo on his upper arm. “Because our powers are bound now. I am a master druid, and you are now my apprentice.”

Druid say what? I stared at the tattoo, confused, until he tapped my shoulder. Looking down over my left shoulder, Eva’s coat had slipped down leaving a bit of the flesh there exposed. I gasped at what I saw. An intricate Celtic tattoo covered my entire left shoulder cap. The ink was slightly green and it looked like it had been there forever.

“The hell is that?” I shrieked, trying to wipe it off; the marks looked identical to his.

Isaac smiled. “Initiation marks. The Earth has chosen you, as it chose me. Together we will end this war.”

Oh shit.

“But …I…” I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t want it. I didn’t choose it. But it was there, right on my shoulder. Did I want to deny something that could bring an end to Ardan? An end to having to live on the run and fighting for our lives all the time? I couldn’t do that. I couldn’t deny Logan and I the freedom we so desperately deserved. This man was powerful. He’d held his own with Ardan. Maybe if we teamed up, we could take him out.

“Teach me,” I said, and Isaac grinned.

He nodded. “Together we will make the Earth safe for all skyborn, and in turn all of the humans they are bound to.”

My brow furrowed. “You mean just Logan and I?” The way he said all the skyborn sounded weird.

Isaac stepped closer, bringing a scent of earth and tree sap, and lowered his voice. “No, I mean all of the skyborn. There are dozens in hiding all over the world. The Earth shelters them from being found, but not for long.”

My stomach dropped, my body went numb as shock ripped through me. We weren’t alone.

Wondering what will happen to Sloane and the crew next? Read on with Earthbound: Dragons and Druids book 2.

Also, if you haven’t read Logan’s prequel, you can do so here for free.

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A big thank you to my beta-readers for telling me if it was crappy or not. Shout out to my bestie Jaymin Eve just because. Huge thanks to my editor, Lee with Ocean’s Edge Editing, for making it shine and finding my many, many typos. As always, I am thankful for my readers and release team for being so enthusiastic about this book and loving Sloane and Logan as much as I do. Thank you to Tiffany Pipkin for helping me pick Sloane’s name. Most of all, thank you to EVERYONE who bought this book or shared the link so that we could fundraise an orphanage in India together. This is something that will change the lives of 12 children and I am so grateful for your support in that. Lastly, thank you to my husband and children for dealing with my starry-eyed look when my head was lost in this story and dinner was burning. I love you guys.