The Rise of Chaos by AnnMarie Stone
The Reborn series, Book #1
New Adult ~ Paranormal Romance
**Previously Published as “Anastasia’s
All Anastasia has ever wanted was to
start a new life, a normal life, a life without her parents. As soon as Anastasia gets that chance however, she discovers quickly
that a normal life was never a possibility for someone like her.
Anastasia has always known that she was different, but she has never understood why. Two
mysterious strangers, identical twins, offer answers that she desperately seeks, but can she trust what they tell her? One is evil
and a creature of Chaos, the other is Light and a being filled with a Pure soul. Unfortunately for Anastasia, it’s no longer clear
which is which.
already separated Anastasia from her soul mate, weakening her own purity. With her defenses down, she is a perfect target for
Chaos to seep in and take control. Chaos has already corrupted her father, could she be next? Or will her determination to save
her true love from the same fate be enough to protect her from corruption?
When Chaos threatens to extinguish Light once and for all, Anastasia
will have to decide which side to fight on. The unique abilities that have always made Anastasia different from everyone else are
the very same abilities that may save or condemn her.
I found myself in the forest again, or at least I
thought that’s where I was at first. The same familiar Oak trees surrounded me, but there was a subtle difference. This time, I
could see large trails that were clearly manmade. The trees canopied over the trails. There was something uniform about them. I
felt as if I knew where to go, despite not fully recognizing where I was. I began following the trail as if it was a trail to my home
that I would have normally taken without a second thought. It was guiding me to where I needed to be. It was different somehow.
I was anticipating the moment when I would meet up with my love, but some part of me worried he was not coming. This was an
entirely new dream. One that may have had nothing to do with him.
As the oaks grew bigger, the wider the paths
became. I knew that this place had been manufactured. It was no longer in a natural state. It was beautiful. I found myself happy
and content with the amazing landscape and the gorgeous serenity that surrounded me. Then I saw the bridge. It was
breathtaking and something that I could only have concocted in my mind. How could a bridge hold so much beauty? Somehow,
it did. I felt drawn to it. As I decided to move toward it, I realized that I had already changed my
The bridge was small and arched over a stream that
was connected to a nearby pond. As I approached, the sky seemed to get brighter. I could see a stunning white Swan, wading in
the pond. The bridge was made of stone. As I inched closer I could see the bright yellow steps within the stone walls of the arch.
The oak trees cast a light shadow over the bridge, but I could see that the bridge was no longer
I felt my love approaching the bridge from the other
side of the pond before I ever saw him. He must have sensed me as well. He smiled when he finally saw me. I’m quite sure that
I returned the smile, with the same love that he held for me. He walked to the center of the bridge at the highest point and
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