Kieran tests Mark in a new LORD OF SHADOWS mini excerpt!
Cassandra Clare‘s characters are all intricately connected, but Mark’s relationships with Kieran and Cristina will be stirring up some extra trouble in the second book in The Dark Artifices series, Lord of Shadows. After all, Mark has a special relationship with faerie prince Kieran, but an interesting chemistry with Cristina that brings out his Shadowhunter side.
It seems Kieran is feeling a little jealously in a new snippet from Cassandra Clare’s tumblr, giving Mark a test to prove his honesty. Meanwhile, Cristina tries to keep the peace but can’t help a little snark.
“Please,” said Cristina, “please, don’t fight. We need to be on the same side in this.”
Kieran turned puzzled eyes on her. Then he stepped close to Mark; he put his hands on Mark’s shoulders. They were nearly the same height. Mark didn’t avert his gaze. “There is only one way I know that you cannot lie,” Kieran said, and kissed Mark on the mouth.
There was no way Mark could reject the kiss, not without rejecting Kieran and severing the delicate chain of lies that kept the faerie prince bound here.
If, indeed, Mark didn’t want to kiss Kieran back. Cristina couldn’t tell; he returned the kiss with a fierceness like the fierceness Cristina had seen in him the first time she’d glimpsed him with Kieran. But there was more anger in it now. He gripped Kieran’s shoulders, his fingers digging in; the force of the kiss angled Kieran’s head back. He sucked at Kieran’s bottom lip and bit it, and Kieran gasped.
They broke apart. Kieran touched his mouth; there was blood on his lip, and triumph in his eyes. “You did not look away,” he said to Cristina. “Was it that interesting?”
“It was for my benefit.” Cristina felt odd and shivery and hot, but refused to show it. She sat with her hands in her lap and smiled at Kieran. “It would have seemed rude not to watch.”
At that Mark, who had been looking furious, laughed. “She understands you, Kieran.”
Lord of Shadows hits bookshelves on May 23, 2017.