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"As it was with your parents, I do not have it in my heart to destroy you," she told him. "I acknowledge that part of what you have become is due to my negligence." She paused as she regarded her handiwork. "You will exist as you are, able to hear all that occurs around you. But never able to see or respond. If, on the three-hundredth anniversary of this enchantment, one soul will come forward, and utter the exact same words used to bewitch you, then the spell will be broken. Perhaps, in that time, you could learn how evil hatred is. Since you have not endeared yourself to a single being, I fully expect you will spend eternity as you are. A statue of stone. Hideous in appearance, and devoid of any friendship or human contact at all."
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Here is a link to all the Tales of the Order:
The Tales of the Order (in order):
The Gazing Globe
Keeper of the Loch
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"I hold my temper no longer, Angus MacGregor. I am here to pass judgement. You misuse your powers in the world and would threaten the very Order from which you came. Your hatred has left nothing of your heart but a blackened abyss. I can find no redeeming quality in you. And the worst of it is, your parents had so much love in them that they wanted to share their magic with the world. Even though they knew such a thing was not allowed, they were willing to risk their very lives in their cause. As noble as their purpose may have been, I cannot approve what they did. But I can admire their courage. You have shamed them and their efforts. They would have hated the man you have become and you are dangerous. So I must pass judgement upon you." She raised her arms and began to speak in Gaelic. "Clach, clach," she chanted. She summoned the ancient magic for transforming the man into stone. Words as old as time wove a spell around the place where they stood. The fog, which had earlier disappeared, now reappeared and circled the campsite. Though it grew colder, the wind did not blow. No creature made a sound.
For the first time since he was a child, Angus knew fear. He felt an iciness creep over him. It began at his feet then moved up his legs. He was unable to move or speak. Each second that elapsed seemed like an eternity as he grew more and more frigid. He thought he would freeze. Perhaps that was what the Sorceress intended to do. Kill him with the frosty air which penetrated the deepest part of his lungs. Soon his sight dimmed and failed. He wanted to cry out in rage and horror. But that was a luxury denied to him. He could still hear the Sorceress' voice wielding her enchanted powers, but he could do nothing to stop her. His magic was not as strong as hers, and the spell had come upon him too sudden.
This is the third Tale of the Order following Gryphon's Quest and The Gazing Globe.
Be sure to add this to the collection of your Tales of The Order. Gryphon's Quest was a National Readers' Choice award winning book, and The Gazing Globe was a multi-award winning story.
If you like paranormal romance, Celtic fiction or anything having to do with contemporary fantasy, please try my story - Stone Heart.
Cursed to stand as a cemetery statue for three centuries, a Druid warrior falls in love with his rescuer...a dying woman.
2005 - Stone Heart has just been named the LAURIE winner for Best Paranormal Book of the year.
2005 - Stone Heart has just been named a PEARL finalist for Best Fantasy novel of the year (Paranormal Excellence Award for Romantic Literature).
Paranormal Excellence Award in Romantic Literature
Stone Heart is an Award of Excellence finalist
Stone Heart has just been named a More Than Magic finalist for best paranormal book of the year.
Stone Heart is a National Readers' Choice finalist for Best Paranormal Book.
Stone Heart is a Golden Quill finalist for best paranormal book.
Paranormal Romance Reviews/The Best Reviews
"A story the will touch your heart and reach for your soul!"
Candace Sams writes an amazing love story about the power of friendship that can build in to so much more. Her settings are vivid and magical. And her ability to create humor out of simple life situations is enchanting. The supporting characters are unique and magical in their own right and brought a wonderful balance to the book. I could go on and on about Stone Heart, but my words seem almost too simple compared to the beauty of a story that must be read and experienced. And like any good fairy tale, it has a wonderful ending! - Mindy Lobaugh, PNR Reviews/The Best Reviews.com
Paranormal Romance Reviews/Amazon #1 Reviewer
"A fabulous magical story"
STONE HEART is a terrific fantasy romance, the third tale in the Order universe (see GRYPHON'S QUEST and THE GAZING GLOBE). Karen is an inspirational person embracing life while near death; Angus has a second chance to redeem his soul, but life's cruelty hits home when another loved on is near death. Will he chose salvation as his cherished redeemer is dying or will he turn bitter and angry at fate? Candace Sams enchants her readers with a fabuous magical story in which the strength of sorcery seems genuine but feeble next to the power of love. - Harriet Klausner, Paranormal Romance Reviews, Amazon #1 Reviewer
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