Gifted thief Romeria has flourished from her days as a street kid pilfering wallets to survive. Now she thrives, stealing jewels from the rich under the involuntary employ of New York City’s most notorious crime boss. But when an enigmatic woman secures her services at swordpoint, Romeria is plunged into a startling realm of opposing thrones, warring elven, and elemental magic she cannot begin to fathom.
Her quest is straightforward: Steal a stone from Islor’s sacred garden without anyone discovering her true identity, which would earn her certain death. But the identity she has inexplicably assumed is that of the captured Ybarisan princess—an enemy to Islor after she poisoned their beloved king and queen on the day she was to marry the prince.
Her betrothed, the newly crowned King Zander, detests her with every grain of his handsome being. Fortunately for Romeria, she is more valuable to him alive than dead. Zander gives her a choice: life in a cell, or an acquittal of all charges in exchange for her help in exposing the growing plot against him.
Romeria sees no other option and embraces the tricky role of smitten queen-to-be until she can escape, a ruse that brings her far closer to the king than she anticipated and threatens more than her safety. As she digs deeper into this sacred garden and the ancient feud between Ybaris and Islor, she discovers monstrous truths that could spell ruin for all.
Love a great fantasy book with some romance!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading the next!!!
When’s the next one coming out??
Im not much of a steamy romance novel kind of reader but I do love fantasy & world building so I thought I’d give it a try. I’m SO glad I picked it up - the author created something really unique here. It’s a hidden gem - I just can’t wait until the second book comes out! That cliffhanger at the end will have me fuming for days!
I did get a little lost here and there and at times it read a little predictable, that’s to be expected when entering a whole new fantasy series - but it has everything you could want in a good story and if you’re on the fence I’d say give it a try.
This book is a great escape for anyone looking for a little fantasy/political thriller/romance/lovers to enemies to lovers. I can’t wait for more from this series! Please K.A. Tucker, I have to know what happens!