A Sweet Romantic Sword and Sorcery Tale
Ada will do anything to keep her family safe. Conquered by an oppressive kingdom, citizen-soldiers murder her people as a rite of passage. So far, her village has gone untouched. They are the greatest archers in the land, and the king shields them in exchange for their loyalty. When he commands Ada to serve as his daughter’s archery tutor, she can’t refuse, no matter how she hates him.
But in his daughter, she finds hope.
Princess Chloe mastered magic in countless previous lives and was born into this one with a hint of that power. The oracle gave her father a prophecy: Chloe would either be a great mystic or a great queen—but he was wrong. She will be both, and she is going to prove it. The king isn’t taking chances. He burns the sacred library, banishes the philosophers, and forces her to take up the bow to please Ares and all of Olympus.
Ada risks the King’s favor and brings Chloe scrolls from the oracle—scrolls containing knowledge that transcends the gods. One day, she will be a philosopher queen, and she will turn her back on Olympus, and she will teach the people the truth, and they will free themselves.
The world won’t wait for Chloe. A powerful cultist from Ada’s homeland loses her sons in a coming of age slaughter. Grieving and vengeful, the cultist unleashes a terrible demon whose power will kill thousands on both sides. This is the opportunity the King has waited for—an excuse to rid his lands of monks, philosophers, and mystics, and to make certain Chloe never strays from the narrow path to the crown.
Can Ada stop the demon without betraying her people? Can Chloe turn against the gods without destroying her father?