Before the Claiming


By Kami Garcia

By Margaret Stohl

Read by Khristine Hvam

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You can’t hide from fate…

While looking through her grandmother Emmaline’s keepsakes, Lena Duchannes comes across a little blue book with a big history–a book that changed Macon Ravenwood’s life and saved Lena’s.

When Lena was a baby, Seer and gifted card reader Amma Treaudeau saw a terrifying future in the cards that sent her to Emmaline’s door. When a powerful Dark Caster sets fire to Lena’s house with baby Lena and her father trapped inside, Amma, Emmaline, and Macon vow to protect the child. Lena’s grandmother and her Uncle Macon whisk Lena away, protecting her and moving her to a new place at the first sign of trouble. But a Caster can only hide for so long, and Macon must rely on the teachings in an ancient book to control his Dark nature. Ultimately, it will be his job to protect Lena–and keep her from surrendering to a Dark fate.

#1 New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl revisit the events that would define Lena’s future in the third installment of Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories.

~8,800 words


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Authors' Note

We came up with the idea for Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories because the two of us wanted a chance to tell our readers all the stories that never made it into the Beautiful Creatures novels. We've been writing about the Mortals and Casters in Gatlin for eight years now, and we're dying to share all their secrets… or at least as many as we can before Ridley finds out what we're doing.

These stories are also our opportunity to answer the questions readers ask us most often, like: How did Lila fall in love with Macon? Why did Amma show up at Wate's Landing to take care of Ethan? What is life like in Gatlin now? Best of all, we're writing them for our own pleasure as much as for yours.

The truth is, Ethan and Lena, John and Liv, Macon and Lila, Amma and Marian, Link and Ridley—not to mention the entire Wate, Ravenwood, and Duchannes families—they're our families, too. Gatlin is our hometown as much as it's home to our characters and our readers. Thank you for sharing this journey with us, and we hope these stories make parting with Gatlin a little easier. But if you still miss Gatlin and your Caster family, you can always visit them between the pages.

So read on. You can start with any story in this series without reading the others. However, for our most committed readers (and honorary Casters), if you read all of them, you'll learn more than a few things you didn't know about your favorite Mortals and Casters.

We look forward to sharing the next story with you, and talking about all of them with you online. See you soon in the Gatlin County Library!


Kami & Margie

I. Something Blue

"I'm sure I have something blue in here," Lena's grandmother Emmaline said, digging through the Victorian trunk at her feet.

"Why would you think that?” Gramma's daughter, Delphine—more affectionately known as Aunt Del—asked. "Your entire wardrobe is black and ivory. I'm beginning to think you're the Palimpsest in the family, and you're stuck in a time before talkies." Aunt Del was the Palimpsest in the family. Within the Caster world, where powerful Supernaturals had different magical talents, she could see the future and the past in any given place—an ability that rendered Aunt Del confused, to say the least.

Gramma glared at her. "I'm simply trying to fit in with the other women in the community without attracting any more attention."

Mitchell Wate's upcoming wedding had forced Gramma out of the privacy of Ravenwood Manor and into the Gatlin public eye of Main Street—where all the best (and only) shops in town were located. It seemed Mitchell's fiancée had lost her mother at a young age—which, according to Aunt Mercy and Aunt Grace, meant the poor girl didn't know the first thing about planning a proper Southern wedding. Of course, they had offered their expertise without waiting to be asked, and after tasting six hummingbird cakes (even though she asked for a buttercream) and trying on a dozen antebellum wedding gowns (even though she wasn't a fan of hoopskirts), Mrs. English had begged Emmaline Duchannes to step in and help.


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Dec 15, 2015
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Kami Garcia

About the Author

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and the Legion series. Kami lives in Maryland with her family and her dogs, Spike and Oz, named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video game designer, and #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures, Cat vs. Robot, Life of Captain Marvel, and more. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.

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Margaret Stohl

About the Author

Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video game designer, and #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures, Cat vs. Robot, Life of Captain Marvel, and more. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.

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