Destroyed blog tour – day two
Welcome to the third day of the blog tour, which features a short excerpt from Destroyed, the fourth book in Madeline Dyer’s Untamed series. The dreamland has now gone, and with the Enhanced posing a new threat, Seven is faced with an impossible choice:
Excerpt from Destroyed
It’s just him. My eyes narrow.
He looks strong, in better shape than any of us. He flexes his arms slightly, and muscles bulge. More muscular than I’ve ever seen him. No guesses as to which augmenters he’s taken.
I stare at him. “How are you finding me?” A tracker? Is there a tracker on me? But no, I know there isn’t. My powers tell me.
Raleigh laughs. “I can always find you. Did you really think I’d let you get away?” He takes a step forward. “You’re the savior, Shania. As if I’d be so careless as to lose you again.”
“Get away,” Elf snarls.
Raleigh snorts. “You think these people can protect you? You think these are the people to save? Look at them—oh dear.” He points at Corin. “Well, he’s not much use, is he?” He laughs again, then he seems to notice Toivo for the first time. He takes a step back. “Well, congratulations are obviously in order.”
“Rot in hell,” Esther whispers.
Elf throws light forward, but Raleigh deflects it. Elf ducks as the light bolts back at him and hits a rock behind us. I hear it shatter.
“How are you finding us?” I keep my voice steady, steely.
“Oh, Shania. I own the world. I am powerful. My people are everywhere.” Raleigh shakes his head, mock-sympathy on his face. “Not to mention, I have technology. I have cameras, drones, detection systems in place.” He tilts his head to one side. “That’s the problem with you wild ones. You forget we have advanced beyond running around in caves, being hunter-gatherers. You need to embrace the new direction for the human race. Our ancestors did. They moved out of caves, away from living off the land. It seems, you are moving backward though. That is never a good move. You need to embrace evolution.”
“Even when evolution destroys humanity?” I stare at him.
What do you know about humanity?
My shoulders tighten.
Raleigh shrugs. “Humanity adapts.”
“You have no humanity.” And I look into Raleigh’s soul—and it’s because I’m desperate. I need to know what evil looks like so I know I’m not it. That I’m not destined to become a killer worse than Raleigh.
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