Title: The MirrorMasters
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
In a secluded forest clearing stood two tall, shadowy figures lit only by the pale light of a glowing crystal orb. A reverberating melody, sweet and clear, began to sound. The soft white light brightened and danced to its rhythm until they both had to shield their eyes against its brilliance. Eventually it faded, but enough light remained to see through the darkness.
“Everything is ready. We can begin,” the woman said, holding the silver crystal in the palm of her hand. It felt warm to the touch. She had succeeded.
His ice blue eyes were electric in their intensity. “Finally. I wanted to get this started an hour ago.”
“The preparations take time,” she replied, taking a deliberate step toward him. Leaves and twigs crunched beneath her feet at the movement. “They are out there waiting for us. Do you doubt me, or my abilities?” Challenge laced her words as she met his gaze.
“I would never doubt you, Aedalina. Look into my eyes, and you’ll know I am impressed that you were able to summon all those earthbound spirits so quickly.”
She gave him an appraising glance, assessing his motives for the flattery. Most likely, to put her off guard. A calculated risk on his part, and one that would not pay off. She was not so easily dominated. “I was not aiming to impress. The spell merely accomplished its work to draw them here. They are awaiting their freedom, the fools! Still, I cannot blame them; they have no idea what is in store for them.”