TRAIL OF LIGHTNING meets THE WICKED + THE DIVINE
Bound to the goddess Artemis by fate but devoted to her by choice, Alex must risk all she knows to protect them both from Artemis’s hell-raising aunt and deceitful father. While Artemis battles gods of pantheons the world over to maintain order, Alex’s future is thrown into jeopardy as she begins to manifest powers of her own, tied to her Cherokee heritage. Their love—if Artemis is willing to accept it—might be the key to saving the world, or the thing that causes it to burn.
My computer lets out a gentle ping, drawing my eye away from the pages of my current read. Down in the bottom right corner of the screen, a B.L.I.S.S. notification is blinking back at me.
ORSON: Alex, check this out!
There’s a link, which I click to open, even though Orson’s message sounds like a total scam. The B.L.I.S.S. Network aesthetically looks like Windows 95, but it’s got security protocols that world governments would salivate over, if they knew about its existence. Which means there’s little chance of Orson, who is sitting across the room from me at his own desk, successfully infiltrating my login.
My screen fills with a news story, and I take half a minute to soak in what I’m seeing. Keywords stick out to me, my mind already churning with the potential implications.
Treaty termination. Acts of aggression. Threatened annexation. Active hostage situation.
One eyebrow inches ever upward as I read, surprised as I am that tensions have escalated so far, and so quickly. How this conflict plays out could easily set the eastern European stage for war. It has “family feud” written all over it. Which Slavic deities are stirring up trouble now?
My thoughts are interrupted by another B.L.I.S.S. ping.