A Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Legacy) by Alyxandra Harvey

By Alyxandra Harvey

In 1814, 3 cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their mystery relations lineage of witchcraft while a binding spell is damaged, permitting their person magical powers to occur. Now, past the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an pleasing underworld on hand merely to these with energy is published to the cousins. via claiming their strength, the 3 cousins have by chance opened the gates to the underworld. Now ghouls, hellhounds—and such a lot terrifying of all, the spirits of darkish witches referred to as the Greymalkin Sisters—are looking and killing younger debutante witches for his or her powers. And, someway, Emma is attached to the murders…because she retains discovering the our bodies. Can the cousins seal the gates prior to one other witch is killed…or even worse, prior to their new presents are stripped away?

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We like to call them neighborhoods. Is this all the kids? Most of them. It’s hard for people to have children here. We have a doctor, but our medical facilities are limited.  . optimistic. Oh. Ruby smiles broadly at her, as though she herself is the prime emissary of optimism. I like your hat, she says, nodding at Temple’s panama. We don’t have any hats like that here. Thanks. I like your nail polish. Do you? Do you want some? Most of the women here don’t bother to paint their nails, so we have a lot left.

This must seem like a strange world to you. No, ma’am. No? The world, it treats you kind enough so long as you’re not fightin against it. Ruby looks at Temple and shakes her head, sighing. She’s a chubby woman, Ruby is, with a round face and eyes that wrinkle on the sides when she laughs. Her hair is done up in a style that Temple has never seen before. It’s piled on top, mostly, but some of it hangs down too. She wears a long shapeless dress and sandals, and her fingernails and toenails are painted a pretty shade of burgundy red—exactly the same color, Temple thinks, as spilled blood when it’s about twenty minutes old.

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