Kingdom of Shadows and Dust Published by Bleeding Ink Publishing on 2021-06
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Wizards & Witches, Young Adult Fiction
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A voiceless captive of tradition, driven to defend her kingdom.
As the king's only daughter, Ava was supposed to be many things; meek, submissive, and above all, silent. While she dreams of fighting alongside the armies of Ankara, she's forced to hide her identity behind a veil.
It seems her prayers are answered when fate intervenes, allowing Ava to sneak away and join the battle. Yet the tides of war turn on her, leaving the young beauty defeated... her hopes shattered. Her only chance at salvation is Callan, a mysterious black wolf willing to risk everything by hiding her away among his kind.
But there are some dangers far more ominous than the snapping jaws of a wolf.
Ripped away from the brave Turnskins, Ava is imprisoned by the beguiling Shadow King who fills her head with promises of peace and a haze of passion. Forced to choose between her family, the bond she shares with Callan, and the handsome king's striking proposal, Ava finds herself torn between duty and desire.
When an unthinkable sacrifice is required to save all she holds dear, will Ava accept the crushing demands of taking the crown? Or follow her heart to the forbidden touch she desperately craves?
Ava, a princess, feels suffocated by her land’s refusal to allow her and other women of royalty to be nothing more than baby makers and defense fewer people to be locked up and protected. She cares deeply for her brother, who faces the possibility of being king but is physically and mentally handicapped to the point where he would be little more than a target to be shot down and destroyed. Ava taught the outsiders (magus), and turnskins are the enemy. She spends a lot of time with the magus learning about magic and the world beyond the terum where she is locked away. Ava longs to fight for her country, to defend it from its enemies. Ava, in the end, is faced with loving someone she is not supposed to and someone who can bring peace to the lands. I loved this book so much, and for the first-time fantasy for this author, I thought it was well executed and has the potential for more story hopefully in the future.