Aurum: Book One of the Golden Rebels Series
Lee never had a chance to do anything else. They made him a monster. He may have remained a glorified butcher forever, if it weren't for her. Life meant nothing until she filled in every missing piece of his heart. He promised to repay her by undoing the wrongs of his past without ever taking another life.
Branded a traitor in his homeland, he has come to Australia to rally a group of human fighters, the Aurum rebels, to his cause. Through Declan, a former officer of the rebels, he learns they were defeated by a Titan called Alvador. If he wants their help, he must rid them of this tyrant and cleanse all traces of his reign.
Chapter 1: Landings
So this is what the land of freedom looked like. Death.
The crowd on the main deck gave a wide berth to the approaching young man who called himself Robert. They acted like mice in a snake pit, always skittering out of his reach.
Robert paid them no attention. His interest lay towards the shore in the steep cliffs and dusty hills. The land they all so longed to see held little beauty in the eye of its beholder.
Australia. Not exactly the sanctuary he imagined. Could this be an elaborate scam? Captains might be spreading rumors of false hope and charging outrageous fees to strand fools on a useless island. In these times, no cruelty stood outside the realm of possibility.
He turned to his fellow passengers. None dared meet his eye. Nothing unusual there. From day one they treated him as an outcast, some basic instinct telling them what their five senses could not confirm. A long burlap covered object slung over his back served to further their distrust. Not even the crew knew what lay underneath. Robert paid extra for such concessions.
Contrary to their feelings toward him, Robert's concerns were purely for them. A barren island might trouble him, but he would manage. After all, this land of death matched him perfectly. He might even call himself a master of death, familiar with both inflicting and receiving mortal blows.
These others appeared incapable of defending their own fragile lives. The journey stole much from them.