A spellbinding story of three princesses and the destiny they were born for: seduction, conquest, and the crown. Immerse yourself in the first book in a new fantasy trilogy from the author of the New York Times bestselling Ash Princess series.
"[A] page-turner that brilliantly blends magic, romance, and adventure.” --Booklist
Empress Margaraux has had plans for her daughters since the day they were born. Princesses Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz will be queens. And now, age sixteen, they each must leave their homeland and marry their princes.
Beautiful, smart, and demure, the triplets appear to be the perfect brides—because Margaraux knows there is one common truth: everyone underestimates a girl. Which is a grave mistake. Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz are no innocents. They have been trained since birth in the arts of deception, seduction, and violence with a singular goal—to bring down monarchies— and their marriages are merely the first stage of their mother’s grand vision: to one day reign over the entire continent of Vesteria.
The princesses have spent their lives preparing, and now they are ready, each with her own secret skill, and each with a single wish, pulled from the stars. Only, the stars have their own plans—and their mother hasn’t told them all of hers.
Life abroad is a test. Will their loyalties stay true? Or will they learn that they can’t trust anyone—not even each other?
In this extravagantly built series starter, Sebastian (the Ash Princess trilogy) introduces three 16-year-old princesses: devious Daphne, beautiful Beatriz, and altruistic Sophronia triplets conceived through magic by their scheming empress mother. The three have trained their entire lives to leave their home in Bessemia, marry princes of nearby kingdoms, and orchestrate those husbands' demise, allowing their manipulative mother to take over. Skilled in the arts of poison-making, message-coding, and seduction and granted one wish each from the stars the sisters confidently assume their roles. What they aren't counting on are the friendships they forge in their new homes, the feelings they develop for their husbands, and the many treacheries they face at court. Though the three kingdoms and their casts are extensive, the lushly told three-part narrative churns along quickly, volleying between the sisters' perspectives until the threads begin to intricately twine. In Sebastian's fairy tale world of royalty, power, and magic, the duplicitous but no less championable princesses engage in enough surprise twists, romantic entanglements, and dicey predicaments to keep readers entertained. Ages 14 up.)
Entertaining and a fun read of a bit sloppy and rushed with the plot