Book Cover: Curse of the Elf Lord
Part of the Kingdom of the Elf Lords series:

Living cursed only makes life more precious.

Cursed into the body of a werewolf, Émilien Elasalor longs for a cure that will return him to his true Elven form so he can win back the love of his wife, Hel. But knowing what an impossibility that is, he throws himself into his brother and sister-in-law’s disappearance, vowing to stop at nothing to find them.

Hel is regarded as the ice queen, but underneath that cold exterior is a heart that beats for the daughter she was forced to leave behind—and for the Elf who stole a slice of her soul so long ago. When the dead start disappearing from her realm, she and Émilien are thrust together to discover who is behind this new threat, making the bone-chilling discovery that more is at stake than their hearts—the life of their only daughter.

Can they forge a truce long enough to save her—and the whole of the Nine Worlds—or will their pasts destroy their future?


Chapter 1

Southern France

Beast of Gévaudan’s castle

Émilien Elasalor stared at the precious young woman standing in front of the oversized window in the upstairs sitting room of his modest castle, knowing he had to tell Shalendra the secret he kept from her the entirety of her life. The secret that meant he would lose her. Could he take that risk?

No, he couldn’t. Not yet.

Dappled sunlight filtered through the treetops outside, shimmering over her like fairy lights. Her thick black hair hung down her slender back in loose curls. Deep in thought, her gaze never left the window, and he wondered what she studied so intently on the side lawn.


He rubbed his neck with one paw, wishing for the millionth time since being cursed into the form of an upright wolf that he had regular fingers instead of sharp, knife-like claws. What he wouldn’t give for a long upper-body massage to loosen the ever-present muscle cramps. His body still reminded him of the now two-month-old battle alongside his nephew, Bernard, against the draugar in Washington D.C. They still hadn’t figured out who had released the undead, but he knew his nephew would figure it out.

Forcing one hind leg into the room, the thick pads of his paws silent on the centuries-smooth stone floor, he closed the distance between them, stopping a few feet away from the most precious thing in his life. Shalendra.

She was beautiful. His gaze traced the young woman’s profile, soft strands of her long hair framing the face of an angel. Her nose was long and straight, accentuating full, rose-tinted lips. She was the perfect blend of god and elf.

“I may not react, but I still hear you, brother. What’s wrong?” She turned to face him, worry swirling in her shimmery aqua gaze.

With a habit as old as time, he forced all emotion away. “Why do you think something is wrong, ma petit?” One side of his mouth curled up at the brief glimpse of vexation at his endearment. She hated it when he referred to her as his little one. Now, he called her that to see the spark of annoyance swirling in her rich gaze. It was those times, he recognized her mother in her.

One elegant eyebrow rose. “Because dear Émilien, you normally stomp into a room, cursing and complaining about whatever or whomever you’re annoyed with, that’s why. It isn’t like you to be quiet.”

He ran his paw across his tired eyes, wishing he didn’t have to have this conversation with her—but he had put it off far too long. How was he supposed to tell her he had lied to her, her entire life? Too many things had happened recently, though, and he knew his time with Shalendra had run out.

Her mother wasn’t known for her patience, especially with him, but damn it, telling Shalendra she was his sister, not daughter, had been her idea. Hel wouldn’t wait forever to be reunited with her. Not that Shalendra could go back to Helheimr, since her last stay had almost killed her.

Dropping his paw onto his furred thigh, he scowled at Shalendra’s back as she once more stared outside. “Whatever in the world are you staring at? There’s nothing out there but grass and trees.”

“And glowing blue men...large, glowing blue men surrounded by wolves like you.”

His eyes widened. Muttering in ancient Elvish, he leapt from the couch and in two long strides stopped behind her. Placing his hands on her shoulders, he towered over her and leaned closer to the window. Glancing down, a low growl rumbled deep in his throat at the sight of five back-to-back draugar with swords drawn, their familiar blue glow of power encompassing them.

Surrounding the creatures in a larger circle were eight wolves. He recognized a few of them from the battle in Washington D.C. where Bernard and Alva, along with the Norse gods Freyja and Freyr, fought against whoever controlled the draugr king and his men—so his nephew could fix the problems he had caused by changing the war’s timeline.

“What in hades are they doing here?”

“Who are they exactly?” Shalendra tilted her head, her worried gaze increasing his anger. He had kept his home hidden for centuries and now, in mere minutes, that sanctity and safety had been breached.

“Theirs is a cursed afterlife—neither dead nor living. Like zombies but not. They are supposedly the worst of the undead, doomed by their own malevolent deeds or by a necromancer. We stumbled upon them not long ago in the United States. They actually ended up helping us in our fight.”

Her gaze moved back to the tight, glowing circle of beings below. “So, they are not wholly evil then.”

“No, but I don’t like that they’re here either.” He squeezed her fragile shoulder, mindful to keep his claws light against her skin. “Stay here while I take care of whatever that is.”

“Maybe I can help? You know I can calm just about anything.”

“No—” he began but snapped his powerful jaws shut when she whirled around and placed her palm against his chest, pressing against the wide leather weapon strap he always wore.

“Émilien, you must start trusting my judgment. I am no longer a small child. I can take care of myself.”

The last time he’d forbidden her to do something, she stopped talking to him for a month. The last thing he wanted was for her to get angry at him again. Shaking his head, he followed his wolf’s instincts, hardened by centuries of battle and the agony of torture.

“No, little one, not this time. You will not go anywhere near either group below. I do not know why they are here, and it would only take one mistake to end your life and that, I cannot allow. Remain here until I return.” He turned toward the door.


He stopped but didn’t turn around. “Shalendra.” He spoke her name in a low growl. Without waiting for an answer, he left the room. Using his preternatural speed, he raced through the house and through the back door. Without hesitation, he leaped off the balcony and landed in front of the advancing werewolves to stare down the massive wolf now facing him, his angry ice-blue eyes registering surprise.

The cold eye color, paired with the wolf’s silver-gray fur, made Émilien pause. The sensation of ice coating his own fur reminded him of the frozen mists and darkness of Niflheimr, Hel’s domain, although she spent most of her time in the inner realm of Helheimr with the dead. He hadn’t liked it then and definitely didn’t like it now.

“Why are you here?” Émilien demanded. “You have no right to be here without permission.”

A brown wolf, thinner but more muscled than the silvery predator, stepped forward. “I don’t know if you remember me, Émilien, but we met in D.C.”

With a quick glance at the speaker, Émilien’s gaze snapped back to the first wolf. Waves of anger emanated from him. Émilien recognized the immediate threat, his gut telling him the creature shouldn’t be trusted. “I remember. You are called Andrei, I believe.”

“Yes, sir. We were sent here by one of the elf kings—Ailuin, I think.” Andrei shrugged. “They’re kind of hard to tell apart.”

“Identical twins usually are,” Émilien said, forcing his body to relax, the silver wolf standing his ground but with his tail down by one leg and his ears pointing more outward, his demeanor less aggressive. Straightening, Émilien met Andrei’s brown gaze. “Lamruil is the serious one and rarely smiles. Ailuin can’t seem to stop smiling.”

Andrei’s black lips curled up. “Then it was Ailuin. He joked with Demyan.” He motioned with his clawed thumb to the silver wolf. “Unfortunately, Demyan doesn’t understand humor.”

“Humph.” Émilien crossed his arms, a slight smirk on his face. “Seems he and Lamruil have something in common then. Now, tell me why Ailuin thought you would be better off here rather than in Alfheimr? The elf realm is beautiful this time of year.”

A mahogany-furred wolf stepped up next to Andrei. “I’m Ruslan Kozlov and that,” he pointed to the last wolf, his fur a shade or two lighter, both with matching black eyes, “is my brother Ravil. While the entire realm is beautiful, we number too many. We aren’t known for controlling our temper, so add in close to seventy-five aggressive wolves, and it isn’t pretty.”

He chuckled with a quick sideways glance to the draugar. “I also think the regents prefer the variety of copper, gold, and red leaves adorning the trees to remain where they are. In the presence of too many undead, leaves don’t seem to stay on them for long.”

“The co-regents thought it would be better to separate us into different realms,” Ravil added. “They trust you to train us to live as we are now.”

“Whether we want to or not,” the white wolf growled.

Émilien turned his gaze to Demyan. “The feeling is mutual. I have lived with this curse for centuries and have discovered it is better to learn who I am now and what I’m capable of. I was experimented on and cursed into this form by the Dark Fae, whose notes Himmler found and used to create you.”

“So, you’re older and I’m not impressed.” Demyan’s scowl deepened. “I can take care of myself and don’t need help from anyone.”

A smart-ass retort was on the tip of Émilien’s tongue when he caught a familiar expression deep in the wolf’s eyes. His own anger dissipated as the ceaseless pain surrounding his heart tightened its grip. His gaze touched on each beast, recognizing fellow warriors. He exhaled, letting go of past regrets, and turned back to Demyan, the one who seemed to be drowning the most in sorrow.

Reviews: Ayla Phipps on Amazon wrote:

"After finishing the first book in the Kingdome of the Elf Lords Series, Return of the Elf Lord I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book 2. The author continues to build on the magnificent world of the first book, Once again, the originality of Heidi Vanlandingham draws me in deeper and deeper with her Norse mythology mixing with history. How will Shalendra react to learning that her entire life has been a lie. The man, or better the wolf before her was not her brother but in fact her true father. Will Hel and Emilien be able to save their only daughter and will love reunite them after so long apart. I cannot wait to see what comes in the next book about Cyran and Shalendra’s story."

Taylor Stephenson on Amazon wrote:

"This is the second book in the Kingdom of the Elf Lords series. The author continues this saga with the very loved characters heavily dipped in Norse Mythology. In my opinion, this story is very well-developed, and a little less confusing (for me) than the first book. All of the background has been set for us to fully enjoy the 9 worlds and characters in them. Very gripping uniquely spun fantasy that transports you once again into a realm you wont want to leave anytime soon.

The author delivers suspense, disappearances, and of course strained familial bonds. In this tale you have shapeshifting, different creatures like; Fae (and dark Fae), wolves, undead, among many others. Of course... there is romance, in a sort of enemies/lovers way and secrets relationships."

Melissa Saxton on Amazon wrote:

"An Elven who was cursed into the body of a Werewolf? Now there's a new story line I hadn't thought of or heard of.
Emilien wants to win back the love of his life But he knows its unlikely especially in the body of a Werewolf. He's been focusing on the disappearance of his brother and sister and law until he's threatened to stop
At the same time his wife Hel also known as "the ice queen" is trying to make heads or tails of sudden disappearances across the 9 worlds.
Hel and Emilien are at odds but are going to have to work together to save their 9 worlds and their daughter is going to have to forgive Emilien... can they all work together to save the 9 worlds from complete ruin?
This 2nd installment of the series was much easier to follow, engrossing, full of drama and intrigue, family ties, high stakes adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed it!"

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