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The Infernal Curse

The Infernal Curse

Rite World: Blackthorn Hunters Academy 5

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A demon hunter about to meet her fate. A half-demon ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. And a final battle that’ll determine the fate of the academy forever.

Erin
I’ve lost the love of my life. He’s been captured by my father, the king of demons, and taken to the underworld, a place that is out of my reach. There’s only one way to get him back. I have to restore the Soul Bond—the magical connection that binds Rey and I together. The bond I willingly broke. Rescuing Rey won’t be easy. On top of it all, I have to join my sisters to learn the one spell that can destroy King Brikan for good. If I don’t master the curse in time the academy, and all demon hunters, are doomed.

Rey
Being imprisoned in the underworld is no walk in the park. Torture and mind games are a daily thing down here. And I have a rotten feeling King Brikan has more planned for me than I’m willing to admit. To make my escape, I’ll have to play dirty. Getting back to Erin is my top priority, so I’ll risk everything to do so. But even if I return to her, there’s no guarantee we’ll be together forever… or if we’ll win this war.

The last installment in Juliana Haygert’s incredible academy series, The Infernal Curse is a story of forbidden love, demon hunters, magic, and paranormal war. Readers will be on the edge of their seat as this amazing urban fantasy draws to a close.

Blackthorn Hunters Academy (series complete!)
Book 1: The Demon Kiss
Book 2: The Hunter Secret
Book 3: The Soul Bond
Book 4: The Shadow Trials
Book 5: The Infernal Curse

Main Tropes

  • Academy Setting
  • Enemies-to-Lovers
  • Forced Proximity
  • Soulmates
  • Forbidden Love
  • Secret Society
  • Found Family/Band of Friends
  • Chosen One
  • Cameos from Rite World Characters

Synopsis

A demon hunter about to meet her fate. A half-demon ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. And a final battle that’ll determine the fate of the academy forever.

Erin

I’ve lost the love of my life. He’s been captured by my father, the king of demons, and taken to the underworld, a place that is out of my reach. There’s only one way to get him back. I have to restore the Soul Bond—the magical connection that binds Rey and I together. The bond I willingly broke. Rescuing Rey won’t be easy. On top of it all, I have to join my sisters to learn the one spell that can destroy King Brikan for good. If I don’t master the curse in time the academy, and all demon hunters, are doomed.

Rey

Being imprisoned in the underworld is no walk in the park. Torture and mind games are a daily thing down here. And I have a rotten feeling King Brikan has more planned for me than I’m willing to admit. To make my escape, I’ll have to play dirty. Getting back to Erin is my top priority, so I’ll risk everything to do so. But even if I return to her, there’s no guarantee we’ll be together forever… or if we’ll win this war.

The last installment in Juliana Haygert’s incredible academy series, The Infernal Curse is a story of forbidden love, demon hunters, magic, and paranormal war. Readers will be on the edge of their seat as this amazing urban fantasy draws to a close.

Intro into Chapter One

Chapter One

Our meeting was interrupted one too many times.

First, it was Karen bickering about Kristin’s participation in whatever we were planning. Then, it was Jasmin talking about her piece of the underworld—which was what had been promised to her when she joined us. Tanner complained that we hadn’t made much progress in the months he had been away, though it seemed he hadn’t either.

We also had calls from Ava’s father, asking her to leave the academy, and a visit from Professor Eleanor, Harvey’s mother, who was intent on taking her son home.

“I’m not going, Mom,” Harvey snapped. “I’m going to stay and help any way I can.”

“Help? Help with what?” Professor Eleanor turned her grave eyes to my mother. “Martha, please, what the hell is going on here?”

My mother stared at her friend of many years. “Eleanor, Brikan won’t stop. He’ll come after Erin and the others.” My mother gestured to my half-sisters. “He’ll destroy everything in his path. Before he can do that, we need to take the fight to him. We need to defeat him.”

Professor Eleanor gawked at my mother. “Have you gone insane?”

My mother guided Professor Eleanor out of the headmaster’s office, and closed the door behind them. Even so, we heard most of their argument.

“No matter what she says, I’m not going.” Harvey crossed his arms. “This is my choice.”

Though my mood was dark and my heart was wilting, I offered him a small smile. Thank goodness he was staying. If he, or any of my friends left, I wasn’t sure I could do this alone.

A moment later, the shouting stopped and my mother entered the room again.

“So?” I asked, afraid Professor Eleanor and the Blackthorn Hunters would take back their decision of making my mother the new headmaster.

“I convinced her to leave—for now,” my mother said. She turned to Harvey. “But she won’t give up. I’m sure she’ll see you later, or even come back and try to drag you home.”

“It’s okay,” Harvey said, his chest puffed. “I’m an adult and I’m paving my own path. She can’t tell me what to do anymore.”

I frowned. The hunters' society didn’t really think that way. Usually, the parents had control, or at least a heavy hand, on their kids’ lives until they graduated from the academy, which happened when they were twenty-one, twenty-two years old. But I was glad Harvey was sticking by my side. Rey would be proud of his friend.

Rey …

A pang ran through my chest and I inhaled sharply. Every time I thought of him, pain assaulted me, deep and unrelenting. Damn, how I wanted to drop everything and go after him.

I glanced at my mother. Although I wouldn’t mind going after him right now, I knew my mother was right. When King Brikan revealed himself after the Shadow Trials a couple of days ago, he had tried to convince me to join him in the underworld. To become evil like him. When I refused, he spelled Rey and took him to the underworld.

According to my mother, Rey was too valuable to my father. He was bait for me. King Brikan wouldn’t hurt Rey until I showed up. That didn’t erase the unease and the urgency I felt. I wanted to go after Rey right now.

“What now?” Claire asked, her voice shy. Scared.

“First …” My mother went around her desk and picked up something from underneath. I gasped, staring at the wooden box as she rested it on her desk. She opened it up and turned it to me. Inside, my Dawnblade greeted me. “Time to return this.”

I closed my hands around my sword, feeling the magic inside. When Crimson had taken it from me a few weeks ago, I had felt like he had chopped off one of my limbs. “Thank you,” I whispered.

“Second, we need to prepare the Demon Kissed Queens to fight King Brikan,” she said, her voice solemn.

“Yeah, about that,” Karen started. She crossed her arms and narrowed her eyes at my mother. “What does that entail, exactly? Because, you know, Kristin is only twelve. I hope you’re not expecting her to march into the underworld and fight for real.”

My mother let out a sigh. “I understand how you feel. Believe me, I tried keeping my daughter out of this life, but there are some things that are meant to happen. I’m sorry Kristin is only twelve, but I know she’s here for a reason.”

“That’s not good enough! Our mother—”

“Karen, shut up!” Kristin snapped, startling all of us. The last time I had met her, she had been so quiet and kind, seeing her explode like that was shocking. “Sorry.” Her shoulders hunched. Now, I could see the girl I met before. “It’s just … can’t you see this is important? It’s dangerous, but it’s important too. I want to do this. Please.”

“But …” Karen sighed.

“Let her do it,” Katrina said. I had barely heard her speak before. “If you don’t, she’ll run off and do it anyway.”

Kristin nodded. Karen’s anguish was written all over her tense posture and the pinch in her nose. With another exasperated sigh, Karen retreated and sat on one of the chairs around the meeting table on the other side of the room.

Kristin stood tall. “How do we prepare to fight King Brikan?”

My mother’s lips curled up for a brief moment, probably feeling proud of my little sister, but then she grew serious again. “I don’t know, but I know who can tell us.” She shifted her gaze to me. “I worked all winter break to find out where Fiona was hiding.” So, that was why she was sneaking out of our apartment during winter break. “I finally found her a couple of days ago.”

My jaw dropped. “You did? Where is she?”

“In Chasseur Ville,” my mother said. She looked at all of us. “We’re leaving to meet her in thirty minutes.”

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