Since I'm kicking off our Winter Magic week, I thought I'd share a sweet little vignette from the Ravensblood universe. It is set between the award-winning first and second novels (and very shortly before the novella Raven's Song, which is part of our Amazon best-selling anthology Here Be Magic!) The vignette first appeared on my own blog as a solstice gift to my readers.
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we are gone astray.
Raven didn’t believe in a being of absolute evil, but evil itself he
believed in. Had lived with it, had lived under William, for far too
And still, somehow, had found his way back to the light. He believed in evil, yes, but he believed in redemption as well.
He was not religious, and he had no particular sentimental attachment
to Christmas carols. There had been little enough comfort and joy
growing up a Ravenscroft. Neither Cassandra nor Ana were Christian, but
apparently Ana’s mother had been, which explained the Christmas carols
playing softly from the stereo as he and Cassandra sat on Ana’s sofa,
sipping the sweet spice of mulled wine after a particularly fine Yule
eve meal, listening to Ana reminisce about when she and Cassandra’s
father were young. The charmed lights on the Yule tree glimmered softly,
sparking glints of silver from the draped tinsel.
Cassandra leaned against him, warm and soft at his side.
Three-quarters of a year since she decided to give them another chance
at a relationship, and it still seemed new and fragile, though she’d
moved back in with him six months ago when the lease on her flat came up
for renewal. A little over a year ago he was still a bad memory she was
trying to live down.
Ana kept any misgivings she might have had to herself. Surely she
must have misgivings—the last time he had been in a relationship with
Cassandra, he had entered into it under false pretenses and, had she not
been so clever and so strong-willed, it would have cost her her life.
Though Raven had put that time past him, there were some things for
which he’d never forgive himself.
Ana had orchestrated a means for him to win a pardon and return to
society, but that didn’t necessarily mean she anticipated his return to
Cassandra’s life. Yet she gave him a genuine smile as she refilled his
glass, a smile that had to be for his benefit alone. Cassandra, snuggled
against his shoulder, couldn’t see. For the first time in his life, he
felt entirely safe and welcome and at peace. For the first time, he
believed in the promise of the returning sun.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
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