"Sylvanna - Fantasy Short Story"
by Gloria Oliver
There are worse things than death
Fantasy prequel short story for The Price of Mercy
Available in PDF, MOBI, and ePub

Held as a hostage for years in the emperor's court, Sylvanna had found the young emperor in as much need of a friend as she was. Then the dowager sets up a match for her with her family's hated neighbors, so Sylvanna will have no choice but to try to make the best of it or have her family suffer. But while she is resolved to her fate, the emperor is not. So begins a descent into darkness.