Thereafter, Malick, the entity that resides inside me, revealed my true destiny. I am Julien Wise of the bloodline of Merlin, an ancestor of the greatest sorcerer who ever walked the earth. I have been empowered with the gift of magic and control of the elements. A great war is coming, and I am predestined to save humanity from the evil who seeks to inhabit the earth. But even with all my magic, I am unable to do it alone. I need the other half—the one with the ability to unite their power with mine. I wished for years to find that one person, and now that I have, I desire nothing more than to walk away.
She knows I am more than a man, someone who can walk in two worlds. Theodora Welch has the potential to wield a greater force than she imagines, but she is young and innocent. If I accept her as my other half, it will be my job to train and mold her. All mankind depends on it.
Even as I deny my feelings to myself, as well as Malick, I am drawn to her in every way. I want to ignore the path that has been written and go against what I know must happen, yet to ignore fate would mean the demise of all humankind. I am expected to go through the ritual with Theo, but I know what it entails. In her eyes, I see a fire that burns hot every time we touch, though no one knows what she is to become, including myself. I am afraid for her—for us—because with destiny comes great loss and, for her, the ultimate sacrifice. The price is too high. Just because something is meant to be doesn’t mean it should be.