For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.
The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It's losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.
As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn's--her brother's--magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.
Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong--the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it's too late--for her and for her entire kingdom.
A Whitney Award Nominee
"A gorgeous fantasy that captivates from beginning to end, and a fierce heroine every reader will root for."--KATHRYN PURDIE, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Burning Glass and Bone Crier's Moon
"Beautiful writing, wondrous world building, and enchanting characters. This is YA fantasy at its most fun."--DANA SWIFT, author of Cast in Firelight
When 17-year-old Princess Jennesara of H lendi learns she's been betrothed to Prince Enzo of Turia to secure an alliance for her beleaguered land, which is under attack by outside forces and dark magic, she reluctantly agrees. However, on the way to Turia, a mage attacks her entourage, and she alone escapes; simultaneously, her father and brother are slain. After surviving a harrowing ordeal in the sorcerous Wild, Jennesara takes refuge under an assumed identity in the court of Turia, where she befriends Prince Enzo and his family. Even as she researches how to defeat her enemies and avenge her loved ones, Jennesara strives to master the magic she's been forced to hide. But with traitors in court, she's not sure who to trust. In this ambitious but complicated debut, Flanders pits her resourceful heroine against myriad threats, weaving action, intrigue, and romance into a fast-paced tale. With so many elements at play, some aspects feel underdeveloped Jennesara careens from one crisis to the next with little recovery time, and her foes are more ciphers than fully fleshed characters. Nevertheless, there's plenty to enjoy in this series opener. Ages 12 up.