From the author of the New York Times bestselling The Testing trilogy comes a sweeping new fantasy series, perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas. Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.
But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.
As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.
With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?
Following the death of the king and his heir, 17-year-old twins Carys and Andreus must compete in a series of trials to determine which of them will ascend to the throne of Eden. Carys has spent her life protecting Andreus, ensuring that no one learns of his weak heart and debilitating episodes. Andreus has never lived up to his father's expectations, preferring to work among the tradespeople who keep their city safe from monstrous foes. Carys and Andreus hatch a desperate plan that will allow Andreus to safely assume the throne, but meddlesome political players and schemes cause a dangerous rift between the siblings. Charbonneau's (Need) third-person narrative alternates between Carys and Andreus, giving insight into both sides of the ensuing struggle, but some readers may find it difficult to connect with Andreus, who is predictable and easily swayed by the promise of power. Carys, though, is a vibrant and driven character whose flaws make her fascinating; readers will be captivated by her story and strength, and look forward to what lies next for these siblings. Ages 13 up.