Rise of the Beast (Keepers of Eternity, #4)
Karma’s a bitch, and she’s looking for payback…
Since reclaiming his legacy, Morgan Saint-Evanston has encountered a lot of obstacles. An outlaw with a death warrant on his head, he’s got a lot of enemies determined to cash it in. But murder is Morgan’s game, and he plays with the skills of a master.
However, the day’s good fortune might turn into tomorrow’s tragedy.
Although he’s now got the support of the Kestrex Triad, he’s not out of trouble. A run-in with the law has jeopardized everything he’s built in the mortal realm. To keep the sanctity of Blackthorne Manor and its secrets intact, Morgan’s forced to strike a deal with a Djinn. She’ll erase all memory of his screw-up, but a genie never works for free. Her price? His humanity.
But that quick fix isn’t going to fix everything that’s gone wrong.
Morgan’s still in hot water for dabbling with the Cachaen scrolls. Though he’s managed to overcome the damages to his mind and body, lingering aftereffects continue to bedevil him. His estranged wife, Celeste Ravenelle, is keeping him on a tight leash. And then there’s Julienne Blackthorne. Bonded in blood, the ties that bind them are beginning to fray as he pursues the craft that made him one of the occult’s most feared entities.
Even as he dodges repercussions from his past, Morgan’s still on the hunt for the demon created by Xavier’s D’Shagre. So far it’s managed to survive his efforts to destroy it. With each victim it takes, the demon acquires more strength and intelligence. Created of pure energy, it’s driven by a single impulse: to kill, and kill again. It doesn’t help that Morgan’s search is hampered by the arrival of a new being determined to join the hunt; whether he’s invited or not.
Detective Jaxon Becker is much more than he appears to be. With a cultic legacy stretching back centuries, Jaxon is sure it’s time for his kind to come out of the shadows. His first target: Morgan. With the veils between Sclyd and mortal earth once again open, the old wars are brewing. Human beings are the prey; cattle to be culled, enslaved or sacrificed by entities seeking to slake hellish hungers.
Sides are being taken, and weapons are being drawn. Only the strongest will prevail.
Morgan’s ready to fight. But can he win with so many foes aching to take him down? Or will his own fragmented psyche lead him to the edge of self-destruction?