Kingdom of Curses and Shadows #1 The Cup and The Prince by Day Leitao

Posted February 5, 2023 by jrsbookr in Fantasy / 0 Comments

by Day Leitao
Kingdom of Curses and Shadows #1 The Cup and The Prince by Day LeitaoThe Cup and the Prince Published by Sparkly Wave on October 15, 2020
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Paranormal, Young Adult Fiction / Royalty
Pages: 260
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Yes, 17-year-old Zora cheated her way into the Royal Games, but it was for a very good reason.

Her ex-boyfriend thought she couldn't attain glory on her own. Just because she was a girl. And he was the real cheater.

So she took his place.

Now she's competing for the legendary Blood Cup, representing the Dark Valley, a cursed and isolated place where shadow creatures spawn in the dark and survive in daylight. It's her chance to prove her worth and bring glory for her people. If she wins, of course.

But winning is far from easy. The younger prince thinks she's a fragile damsel who doesn't belong in the competition. Determined to eliminate her at all costs, he's stacking the challenges against her. Ha. All he's doing is making her want that cup more than ever.

The older prince is helping her, but the cost is getting Zora entangled in dangerous flirting games. Flirting, the last thing she wanted.

And then there's someone trying to kill her.

The Cup and the Prince is a quirky, fast-paced YA fantasy with romance, action, and intrigue, for readers 15 and older. It's book 1 in the series Kingdom of Curses and Shadows.


The Cup and The Prince is a short book that is the jumping-off point for this series. Zora’s boyfriend, a rat fink, is set to compete in the royal blood cup. Instead, Zora heads out to prove she is much more than her town thinks she and women are. The town Zora comes from lives in fear of shadows as dark creatures lurk in them, so she is constantly on guard, and when she arrives in the big city, she is not prepared for how many shadows there are to encounter. Zora has to prove herself to one or two princes to gain the blood cup.
If you’re a fan of Throne of Glass and Minecraft, this book will not disappoint. It is creative in the competition, and the world-building and uniqueness are solid. I am excited to see where this story goes, as we are left with a pretty dramatic cliffhanger that will have you going wait where the rest of the story.


About Day Leitao

I’m originally from Brazil but I’ve been living in Canada for almost 20 years. I have a lot of influence from Brazilian writers and Brazilian culture, but I also read some popular books in English, watched anime, and movies from different countries.

I’ve always loved to write stories, and I like to always include romance, action and humor in my writing. I think stories can touch us deeply. I live in Montreal, Canada, with my son.