Gisayne settled back on the bed with a sigh. Her trust in her father was beyond reproach, but the council could veto him, and she had no more reason than Alloran to have any faith in them. ‘I’ll hold my silence. But you promise me, Alloran al Kahliln, you promise me that you won’t under any circumstance open another hell-gate!’

‘No hell-gates. I promise.’ He took her hand in his and forced a smile. ‘What possible reason could I have to want to open one?’

Her brows pinched, and a smile didn’t even tug at the corners of her downturned lips. ‘I don’t know. I just have a very bad feeling.’

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More about Stalking the Demon:

Alloran did everything within his power; he banished the demon and sealed the portal. But the world is still careening into hell.

Six months after Ladanyon’s defeat, Gisayne is fading away from a baffling illness. Alloran is desperate for a cure, but he has a secret – the fabric of reality is collapsing, threatening to spill unrestrained demons into the world of Verusia. Is Ladanyon striking back at Alloran from the hell to which he was condemned, or is there a traitor among them?

The only people he can turn to for help deciphering the linked mysteries of Gisayne’s affliction and the collapse of the world are the two research assistants set to spy on him for the council of wizards – but he knows he can’t trust them.

Everything Alloran loves races toward destruction – and all the answers are locked away in hell.

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