The Cycle

Book Cover: The Cycle
Part of the Riven series:

If you found a home, would you let someone take it away?

For the first time in his life, Carver has a family. He’s also a target.

As spirits continue to flood Riven, Carver tries to find the ones trying to kill him, letting the world take a back seat to his personal vendetta. And not everyone’s happy about it.

With a gun pressed to his back, Carver has to choose: save himself and those he loves, or the world in which they live. The wrong choice will cost him everything.

Publisher: Black Key Books

Bryce lay down in the bed and concentrated. I saw his eyes close and waited for his body to fade. But he didn’t. Bryce sat there, in full form. After several minutes passed and Bryce still hadn’t left us, I moved over. Took a close look. He breathed evenly, he hadn’t sustained wounds. There shouldn’t be any difficulty. Then his eyes popped open.

“They’re blocking my way back,” Bryce said.

“What?” I said.

“My body,” Bryce said. “They’re keeping it asleep. With drugs. I felt it as I crossed back, I felt myself slipping away into a dream. If I let that happen, that I might never get back here. I might never wake up.”

“Alec,” I said, turning to my friend. “If he can’t cross, then we have to save him on the other side. Break him free. You’re the only one that can do it.”


“I don’t think they’ll let me into the hospital, not after this,” Alec said.

“Hey,” Selena said from over the by the doors. “There are noises outside. I’m hearing guides talk. I think they’re planning something.”

I went over to the door while Alec and Bryce tried to talk strategy. Tried to look between the doors outside, but all I could see was shifting gray and a bit of the fountain. A burst of orange. A smell of smoke. I looked around us at the wood and stone chamber and realized the guides didn’t have any interest in fighting us. They were going to burn us down.