Sons of Destiny

The Flame - Book 7

Jean Johnson - Sons of Destiny: The Flame

Berkley Trade Paperback
ISBN-10: 0425224058
ISBN-13: 978-0425224052
Released December 2, 2008
Fantasy Romance
  Berkley Paperback
ISBN-10: 0425242153
ISBN-13: 978-0425242155
Released July 5, 2011
Fantasy Romance

Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day—they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. Though no longer trapped in exile, their growing family faces new problems. Now that it's his turn to look for a bride, the seventh-born brother burns with curiosity and anticipation...

Koranen of Nightfall is tired of the Curse—in his case, a destructive flame that courses beneath his flesh. His brothers have wives and lovers, but all Koranen has are blistering reminders of a touch that burns…unless he can find a woman able to endure the literal heat of his passion. Then the Aquamancers arrive, at last affording Koranen the chance to find his Destined Bride.

Ostracized for being too good at her job, Danau is resigned to her punishment: never knowing love. But fire and water always create steam, and things do get steamy as Danau and Koranen gradually realize they were meant for each other—even as Nightfall's future becomes flooded with more trouble than either of them could have imagined.

"I did not ask you to accompany me because of a dress, however lovely it might have been. I asked you to accompany me because I wanted your company."

Name: Koranen of Corvis
Age: 23
Height: 5'11"  (180.4cm)
Weight: 168 lbs  (76.2kg)
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Auburn, Chest-Length
Build: Lean
Lineage: Seventh-born of Lord Saveno, Count of Corvis, and Lady Annia, Countess of Corvis (formerly of Traxon), stripped of birthright at age 20 upon proclamation of exile by the King of Katan and his Council of Mages.
Twin: Morganen, younger
Speciality: Fire Magic, crafting the ever-popular lightglobes--Artifacts used to illuminate the homes of those who can afford them--fire-healing spells, fire-protection spells, and working with metal, ceramics, and glass.  Koranen is so closely entwined with fire that he literally 'heats up' at times, and has been known to turn non-warded clothing into charred wisps if he isn't careful.
Personality: Friendly, easy-going, at times eager to help, Koranen is the youngest-minded of the brothers, though not the youngest-by-birth.  He loves his brothers, loves his work, and loves the freedom of being far from disapproving eyes, even if it means being exiled to a distand island.  Kor knows that, until the right one comes along, it just isn't a good idea for a woman to spend time with a man who literally burns with passion...so of all his brothers, the seventh-born has adjusted most easily to a life lived without women.

"You're insane!  I'm still mucky from slogging through the pipes, no one knows where we are, we're trapped down here with no food and no way out, and you think this is a date?"

Name: Danau
Age: 27
Height: 4'9"  (144.8cm)
Weight: 104 lbs  (47.2kg)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Auburn, wavy, thumb-length at most
Build: Fit
Lineage: Menomonite.  Mother:  Vorau.  Co-Fathers:  Vennon, Tiels, Ti-Konan, and Eshua.
Speciality: Water Magic, fully trained and highest-ranked member of the Aquamancy Guild.  Danau helps to maintain the city's hydrostatic barriers, oversees water desalination, and backs up the Wavescouts in matters of security.  She is also the nearest possible candidate for the Guardianship of Menomon, next to Guardian Sheren, though she knows she isn't strong enough right now to take on the job long-term.
Personality: After her one prior attempt at a relationship turned into a disaster, making her something of a social pariah, work is all Danau has left.  It is her satisfaction and her pride.  Having to work with her spiteful cousin Reuen irks Danau, as does Reuen's best friend and fellow Aquamancer Chana, but at least Danau gets along with the fourth member of their investigation team, the sweet-natured Ama-ti.  She doesn't mind interacting with surface-dwellers, but knows that her home city is counting on her and the other three Aquamancers to bring back a solution to their freshwater problems as soon as possible.