The Elf King’s Sacrifice (Elves of Eldarlan #3) Read Online Elisa Rae

Categories Genre: Fantasy/Sci-fi, Romance Tags Authors: Series: Elves of Eldarlan Series by Elisa Rae
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Total pages in book: 58
Estimated words: 53590 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 268(@200wpm)___ 214(@250wpm)___ 179(@300wpm)
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The King of Eldarlan hates parties. Superficial conversations and social niceties never come easy for him. When cursed to host human princesses at a party every night, he considers it mild torture until an unusual princess appears one night. Wrapped in a worn robe with bare feet and tousled hair, she intrigues him immediately
Kate had been a princess only a matter of hours before being pulled from her bed by a magical spell. It drops her in an enchanted garden populated by silent elves and princesses of various ages. Attempting to avoid the unsolicited advice of her new peers, she retreats to the dark hedge maze where she encounters her host.

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Chapter One

Kate

I blinked up at the scattering of glowing orbs above my head as I slowly woke from sleep. The glimpse of my new bedroom ceiling had been brief before I closed my eyes and fell into an exhausted sleep. I didn’t recall all the details, but it had definitely not included the underside of a massive sycamore and the soft glow of fairy lights.

I closed my eyes and told myself I was dreaming, but when I opened them again, the tree boughs and the lights bobbed in the gentle breeze that teased my bare toes and played with my hair. Distant music, light and ethereal, filled my ears as the scent of cooked meat enchanted my nose, reminding me I had not eaten dinner.

My stomach twisted in hunger. I suspected I wasn’t dreaming. The exhaustion pressing down on me and the dull pressure behind my eyes only added fuel to my suspicions that I was awake in a strange place.

Rolling to my feet, I began brushing off my robe, a worn green velvet with ragged edges that had seen better days. If I had known I was going to be whisked away to a party, I would have chosen more appropriate attire. But my nightgown and robe would have to be enough for now.

Great sycamores lined the edges of the most beautiful garden I had ever seen. Their branches arched gracefully, framing the expanse of night sky visible over a dance floor surrounded by clusters of elegant chairs.

“Over this way.” A female voice called out above the distant strains of music. Her waving arm caught my attention from just beyond the foliage bordering the dance floor. It drew my eye to a rather ancient-looking woman with masses of silver hair piled on her head. The coif bobbed precariously with the enthusiasm of her efforts to catch my attention.

“Really, Marilla?” a second female voice demanded. “Is that truly necessary?” The woman’s scornful tone carried clearly in the night air.

The ancient woman rolled her eyes and beckoned one last time, to which I nodded. Then, she turned back to her companion.

Resigning myself to the state of my attire, I began picking my way across the grass toward the hedge. More voices greeted me as I approached.

“Didn’t your decorum instructors teach you to modulate your voice, Ivy?” asked a third woman.

“I always speak at the appropriate volume for the situation.” Ivy, the woman who had chastised the elderly lady, continued in the same carrying volume as before. “With Marilla waving like a common hussy, someone had to speak up.”

I had just come around the hedge to catch a good view of the speakers as she finished her protest. The elderly woman, a classic beauty with a bone structure that gets more attractive with age, smiled warmly up at me from her chair. “Come and join us, child.” She motioned to the chair next to her. “Don’t mind them.”

“What do you mean by that?” demanded the shrill-voiced woman. Her pinched features were painfully refined, every hair in place, every expression carefully controlled. “Why are you inviting her to sit? She could be a scullery maid, for all we know.”

“Are you a princess, my dear?” the third woman asked. A motherly creature, she was plump and gave off the impression of comfort. Although her clothing was expensive, it was clearly also designed for ease.

“Kate Moring, Princess of Solderland, as of this morning.” I offered them a formal curtsey. No need to start off on the wrong foot with strangers. There would be plenty of opportunities for me to offend them later. Based on my experiences of the past week, I had a talent for getting on people’s bad side.

“Ah, that explains it.” The motherly woman smiled again.

“The coronation invitation didn’t mention you, but that isn’t that surprising. I wondered if you would appear tonight,” the pinch-faced one announced. “Still, even if you did not know if you would appear or not, a little effort to dress appropriately would go a long way. It never hurts to be prepared.”

Marilla snorted. “You forget, Ivy, we have seen your bedclothing. Of all of us, you were even less prepared for our first night.”


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