First in a new fantasy series from the author of the Novels of the Half-Light City.
Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…
The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.
Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.
Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…
Scott (the Half-Light City series) opens her Four Arts fantasy series with the portrait of a young woman who's thrust into the center of dangerous political machinations. Sophie Kendall, 32nd in line for the throne of a fantastical realm, isn't looking forward to her 21st birthday and the religious coming-of-age ceremony in which her powers will manifest. Her position and her magic make her a pawn to be married off for political alliance. But when a terrorist bombing forces Sophie to flee the capital, she comes into her magic without the required rituals to bind her power to the goddess. Instead, she finds herself magically bonded with her protector, Red Guard Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie. Sophie and Cameron quickly realize that their bond allows them to combine their magic synergistically an ability the temple will do anything to keep hidden, to maintain its magical monopoly. Romance fans will enjoy the growing relationship between Cameron and Sophie, but the story's real strength lies in the web of intrigue Scott creates around her characters. This is a promising start to the series.