EXTRAIT : THE POWER

the power

Découvrez les 5 premières pages de THE POWER de l’auteur américaine Jennifer L. Armentrout, la suite de THE RETURN dans la série TITAN dérivée de THE COVENANT.

>> SYNOPSIS <<

Avec chaque changement, s’accompagne une résistance et Covenant University est devenu la scène de conflit entre les sang-purs qui souhaitent que les classes (réf: sociales entre sang-purs et sang-mêlés) soient rétablies et les sang-mêlés qui veulent la liberté de choisir leur destin.

La violence est à son apogée et la guerre entre les deux clans est inévitable. Cela ne pouvait pas arriver au plus mauvais moment. L’Hypérion est peut-être hors course mais Josie et Seth savent qu’ils ont juste gagner du temps. Seth a beau préparé Josie et lui apprendre à maîtriser ses pouvoirs, ils ont tout de même besoin de trouver d’autres demi-dieux avant les Titans. Mais les Dieux sentent une menace plus grave approcher.

Une seule chose est plus terrifiante qu’un groupe de Titans affamés et c’est un Apollyon hors de contrôle. Le pouvoir (« aether ») de Josie attire de plus en plus Seth et quand leur attirance mixe avec les prémisses de l’amour, ce qui donne lieu à plus de pouvoir, il sait que leur rapprochement est dangereux pour elle et pour tous ceux qui les entourent. Or, la tenir éloignée lui demande un acte d’altruisme qui n’est pas son style.

Les chemins empruntés dans le passé deviennent aujourd’hui ceux vers lesquels il doit s’engager. Au moment où le chaos est partout, des visages familiers font leur retour compliquant une relation déjà tendue entre Josie et Seth et le danger qui pose les Titans a des conséquences dévastatrices. Le côté obscur séduit peu à peu Seth mais Josie sera-t-elle en mesure de le retenir?

>> EXTRAIT <<

“This wound here,” he said, referencing the cut on the dummy’s chest. “Wouldn’t even kill a mortal.”

I frowned. “It so would.”

“It would slow them down, that’s for sure, but it wouldn’t kill them.” Luke flipped the dagger in his hand, catching it easily. Wasn’t he just special. “Wouldn’t even puncture a lung.”

I was going to have to take his word on that.

“You know how to use this dagger.” Seth lifted a hand, running it through his hair. “We’ve taught you everything you need. You’ve got the correct hold, the correct positioning. You know where to hit to take your opponent down. There’s no reason for you not to use force behind it.”

I started to argue, but as I stared at all the cuts on the dummy, I knew he had a point. The chest of the dummy was covered in slices and cuts, most of them, if not all of them, as deep as my finger. Those cuts were from Seth and Luke. All of mine were shallow, nicks in comparison.

I hated to admit it, but Seth was right. The idea of killing someone on purpose horrified me. I mean, thinking I could do it and wishing I could do it was totally different from actually doing it. But just because something horrified me didn’t mean that when push came to shove I couldn’t do it.

I would protect myself.

I would also protect those I loved.

At least, that was what I kept telling myself.

Seth glanced over at Luke. “Let’s go ahead and call it a day.”

“But we still have an hour,” I protested.

“I know,” he replied, cocking his head to the side. “You and I aren’t done yet.”

Seeming to get the message, Luke nodded and as he walked past me, he patted my shoulder. “See you guys later.”

As the door to the training room swung shut behind him, I had a feeling I was in for a lecture.

Seth arched a brow. “You look like you just sucked on something sour. I’m not going to lecture you.”

My eyes widened. “Are you sure you can’t read minds and you’re just lying to me?”

He laughed. “Everything you think or feel is just written on your face.” Reaching over, he took the dagger out of my hand. “I want you to watch me do this.”

I’d been watching him do this for weeks, but I folded my arms and I watched.

Seth held my gaze for a moment and then spun around. There wasn’t a moment of hesitation. Not like there was for me, because the damn dummy looked so real. He thrust forward on one powerful leg and shoved the dagger deep into the sternum. A kill shot in under two seconds. No pausing. No last-minute weakening of the blow.

He pulled the dagger out and faced me, his amber gaze serious. “That’s how you do it, and I know you are fully aware of how to deliver a killing blow.”

“I am.”

Stepping toward me, he lowered his chin. “But you’re not doing it. You haven’t done it once without being made to do it over and over again, and even then, you eventually do it out of frustration with Luke or me.”

My lips pursed. I wanted to argue, but once again, he was right. And I hated it when he was right, which was way too often for me.

“There’s something I need to know, okay?”

I lifted my chin, grinning slightly. “Yes, you’re a sexy beast.”

“I know that already,” he said dryly. “But that’s not what I’m asking.”

I sighed. “Okay.”

He held my gaze. “Can you do this?”

“Yes—”

“I don’t want you to answer the question yet,” he interrupted. “I want you to really think about it and ask yourself if you can really do this. Not fighting. Not using the elements. Ask yourself if you’re ready to kill someone without a second of hesitation. If you’re ready to deliver a fatal blow before your opponent lands a hit on you. If you’re ready to be the aggressor.”

>> LIENS <<

 

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>> AUTEUR <<

Author-photoEn bref : Jennifer L. Armentrout est une auteur américaine basée à Martinsburg dans la Virginie Occidentale (USA). Quand elle n’écrit pas, elle lit, fait du sport, regarde des films d’horreur et passe du temps avec son mari et son Jack Russel prénommé Loki. Son rêve de devenir écrivain démarre en cours d’algèbre où elle passe plus de temps à écrire des nouvelles qu’à faire des mathématiques. Elle écrit des romans « young adult » paranormaux, de la science-fiction, du fantasy et de la romance contemporaine sous le pseudonyme J. Lynn.

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