Exile in Darkness
Aristocratic witch, Isabella Pethany has heritage but no magic. Her null magic status is an embarrassment to her family, but since her talented sister was murdered, she is all they have left. Guilt makes her willing to do almost anything to compensate for her failure, and when her grandmother suggests that her children will have the power she doesn’t, she agrees to consider an arranged marriage.
Amnesiac vampire, Maldit, has magic but no heritage. For the past couple of centuries, he has been the most powerful player in London’s supernatural underworld and is determined to keep things that way. When he rescues a strange witch from a pack of feral vampires, his main concern is to limit problems in his territory. Everyone knows witches are troublesome, and this Pethany aristowitch is no exception.
Psychopathic sorcerer, Lukas Sindis, has both heritage and magic, but he’s a helpless prisoner and drugs have suppressed his abilities for almost twenty years, filling him with a reservoir of trapped power he can’t use.
When the Pethany matriarch proposes a mating between Isabella and Lukas, she ignites a chain reaction that spirals out of her control. Discovering that her family have lied about her sister’s fate, Isabella refuses the match and flees to Maldit, releasing Lukas before she leaves. As the drugs disappear from his system, Lukas’s magic explodes from him, washing
over Maldit and Isabella like a tidal wave, and clearing away the spells which have paralysed them both.