CHAPTER ONEThe Scilly Islands
The castle servants had warned him that he would pay for ignoring the girl. On the very night he took possession of the ancient keep, the domestic prophets of doom surrounded him in the hallway. They assured him that the girl possessed some vague magical powers which she would use against him for turning her away.
"And what sort of magical powers might those be?" he had asked out of amused curiosity.
"She brings rainbows to the sky after a storm," the castle housekeeper said proudly.
The coachman nodded. "She causes flowers to bloom where nary...