The Missing Heir of Mandralay (Soulbound Book 1)
Braden Bell, author
Killing the queen of Mandralay was easy. Led by the queen’s sister, Saydee, the coup succeeded except for one small detail: one of the conspirators had a last minute burst of conscience and spirited the infant princess away. Unable to rule as queen while the true heir lives, Saydee orders her most trusted Bestial to find the girl at any cost and kill her. X is a Bestial—little more than a monster—with no memories, no heart and no name. His only reason for being is to obey his mistress and, though it takes thirteen years, he finds the crown princess living as an orphan named Tallie. He attempts to kill the child, but her trusting nature sparks some long-lost humanity in him. Yet X remains a monster, and helping Tallie triggers a ferocious battle inside as he fights against his primal nature for her life--and his only hope of redemption. Meanwhile, Tallie confronts her true identity as crown princess, including grappling with the quickly-growing powers she inherits. But power is a two-edged sword, and it soon becomes clear that the same abilities she’ll use to challenge her aunt may also destroy her own soul. Can she find the balance before she loses everything she loves?