Banishing the Dark (The Arcadia Bell series)
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In Book Four of the beloved urban fantasy series Romantic Times calls one “for your keeper shelf,” the ultimate mother-daughter fight is about to go down.
Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell’s life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who’s not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady’s body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, she must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast. As Cady and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon’s teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.
that is.” “It’s a middle school two blocks from here. My mom teaches drama.” “I’m in eighth grade,” Jupe said stupidly. She blinked a few more times and uncrossed her arms. “Me, too.” “What’s your name?” She opened her mouth to answer but seemed to change her mind. “Why do you want to know?” “Because it’s polite to ask?” God. What was her problem? “Or don’t tell me. I don’t care. I didn’t ditch school to shoot the shit. I’m here to get some information.” “You ditched school to come here?”
urine and feces do, and that’s what I smelled now. Soiled cages that weren’t properly kept. It wasn’t simply noticeable, it was overwhelming. Two steps inside the door, and I was coughing, covering my mouth with my arm. “Hey,” Lon said quietly, bending his head near mine. “You okay?” “The smell,” I choked out, eyes watering from the sharp ammonia in the air. “It’s a little rough,” he agreed. But he didn’t seem to be as affected. Meanwhile, I was seriously wondering if I was going to be sick.
against the pillows, mulling over everything he’d just told me. Wondering if I should try to contact the E∴E∴. It seemed pointless, now that the caliph was gone. My troubled thoughts turned to my new abilities, and I began to remember more about that last night before I ended up in the hospital. “What is it?” Lon said. “Dare. Before I . . . incinerated him. He told me things he found out through an investigator.” “What kinds of things?” I struggled to recall what Dare had told me. “He said I
denying it now. Not in the middle of all this. “We’re Earthbounds,” he said. “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you, but it’s not something we usually talk about with, well, you know—” “Humans,” she finished. He nodded. When she didn’t look at him, he felt a fresh burst of panic in his gut. Because they couldn’t see halos, most humans didn’t believe Earthbounds really existed. Cady said half of her order didn’t, which was stupid, because they were all about summoning demons from the Æthyr. Leticia had
attention. My mother looked a thousand times more disheveled in this light, a thousand times more feral when contrasted against the tidy cleanliness surrounding her. And in bringing her here, I felt as though we’d switched places: she was now the one panicking, and I felt as if I were standing in front of a wildcat that had been defanged and declawed and had just had its balls chopped off. “What is happening?” she said, looking around wildly. “Where are we?” I forced a smile. “Why, this is