Rise of Souls

A Prophecy of the Sisters Novella


By Michelle Zink

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The third of three haunting novella spin-offs to Prophecy of the Sisters to be published as e-books.

The Gate to the mortal world is finally closed. Lia Milthorpe has settled with her husband on Altus, the land that bridges the gap between the Otherworlds and the physical one.

Samael’s banishment has brought prosperity to the land, and no one is happier than Una Whelan. For the first time in centuries, those who live on the island–including Una and her suitor, Fenris–can do so in peace. Or so they thought.

This novella reveals what happens to Lia, Dimitri, and Altus after Circle of Fire, the final book in the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy. If you thought there was a happy ending, think again.


Rise of Souls

Isleen pushed the oars into the water, her mind on other things as the boat skimmed through the mist.

She had awoken early, as was the custom for a guide. There were not often travelers awaiting ferry to and from the island, but those called to this kind of service knew that guests were sometimes unexpected, their purpose often urgent.

Of course, this had been less true since the arrival of Amalia, the new Lady of Altus. In fact, Isleen could not remember a time that had been more peaceful than the year since Lady Amalia had taken the island in hand. The closure of the Gate to Samael, archdemon and enemy of the Sisters, had signaled an end to the fear that had informed every action of the Sisters for two thousand years.

It had taken time for the island to relax its guard, for celebrations to take place without the ever-present vigilance of the Brothers tasked with securing them, for Lady Amalia to walk freely about without a battalion of protectors at her back (though some on the island claimed to see Dimitri follow her at a distance, ever-watchful for potential danger to his beloved).

Even Isleen and the other guides had been allowed to relax their standards for passage to Altus. They still traveled through the mists that shrouded the island in secrecy, still took their assignments only from a select few people, but gone was the worry that their lives could be taken at any time, the island breached by the Lost Souls.

Thanks to Lady Amalia—and yes, her infamous sister, Alice—Samael would be trapped on the Otherworldly plane for eternity, the Gate that would have been his passageway to the physical world closed. And that meant the mortal world on one side of Altus was finally safe from the Otherworldly demon who resided on the other.

And Altus and all who lived there were safe as well.

Isleen tipped her face to the sky, the hood of her cloak falling back to reveal her long, dark hair as the mist swirled around her. The briny smell of the sea was part of her. She smelled it on her skin when she returned to the Sanctuary at the end of each day, listened to its soft roar as she fell asleep at night. Sometimes she was certain saltwater ran in her veins.

She felt the approach of land before she saw it. She was used to being on the open sea, accustomed to the vast expanse of water and sky around and above her. An obstacle ahead—any obstacle—rang like a false note through her bones.

She lifted the oars out of the water, allowing the boat to glide slowly forward, feeling the sandy bottom of the ocean scrape against the hull as it found the shores of England.

The beach was empty. In the distance, Isleen could see the sway of beach grass, the faint shadow of trees. She was beginning to wonder if she had misunderstood her instructions, miscalculated the timing, when a figure approached through the fog.

At first, Isleen did not know if the figure was a man or a woman. She and the other guides were never told in advance whom to expect. An order to see someone through the mist to Altus was enough. They guided their boats to land, picked up the waiting passengers, and delivered them to the island without question. It was not their place to query those who supplied the orders.

But a moment later, a man stepped confidently into the boat without a word. Isleen was relieved that he did not greet her. Speaking while on duty was forbidden for guides, and it was uncomfortable to retrieve someone who attempted to converse when it should have been clear after a few attempts that she could not—or would not—reply.

She used the oars to push the boat back into the water, surveying the man surreptitiously as she did so. His flaxen hair was long, brushing the cape that was tied around his neck. His form was hidden by the cloak, but his legs looked solid and strong, his feet, clad in black boots, large. Strength and confidence, perhaps even arrogance, emanated from his person, and she realized with a start that she was staring into his eyes, as green as any Sister’s. She wondered, then, if he was a Brother, or perhaps the son of one of the Sisters, though, of course, she would never be allowed to ask.

She steered the boat through the fog, instinct her guide. The island was a part of her. She felt it as part of her own soul. It was not always that way. When she had first come to Altus to answer the call of guide—leaving her mother and sister behind in Dublin, both of whom had no interest in their ancestry as part of the Sisterhood—she got lost more times than she could count. She spent hours training, drifting through the soupy fog, trying to discern her way back to the familiar shores of Altus before one of the seasoned guides, inevitably, came to her aid.

But little by little, Altus wound its way around her heart, through her soul. She came closer and closer to finding it on her own, drifting aimlessly through the sea and peering through the fog less and less. Finally, she had felt the tug of it pull her forward, a cry of surprise rising unbidden to her lips when she broke through the mist, the island rising up before her.

She had done it, all on her own.

She smiled with the memory, pausing as a twinge of alarm ran along her back, the tiny hairs on her arms rising in silent alarm.

Had she heard something in the water, hidden from view by the murky haze?

She lifted the oars, allowing the boat to glide silently through the water as she listened. But no. She was mistaken. There was nothing but the sound of water lapping against the side of the boat, the distant screech of the gulls circling above the blanket of fog.

She resumed rowing, allowing the island to pull her forward as if on a string, adjusting direction as she went to allow for the current.


On Sale
Jul 3, 2012
Page Count
80 pages

Michelle Zink

About the Author

Michelle Zink lives in New York and has always been fascinated with ancient myths and legends. Never satisfied with simply reading them, she usually ends up asking, “What if?” Sometimes asking only leads to more questions, but every now and then, when everything falls into place just right, a story is born. Prophecy of the Sisters is one of those stories.

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