Princess Haven was never meant to be Queen.
Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.
With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home. Haven must make a choice; take her people and flee to the foreign Republic across the sea or lead a last stand against a powerful dictator.
Targeted Age Group:: Young Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Since as early as elementary school I had what I like to call “epic-story dreams”, which have influenced me creatively over the years. A lot of inspiration and story ideas have come from these dreams, so I’m glad to have such an awesome subconscious. Haven was one of these dreams.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I love strong women, especially in fiction, movies and tv shows. I think it is extremely important to display powerful, influential women to young adults especially, to show them you can be anything, or do anything you want. This inspired me to write most of my main characters (as a good portion of them are very strong women).
“You will be perfect. You will be great. You will be a just Queen.” Haven paced the length of the hall, trying to calm her rattled nerves. “You will lead them fairly. You will save them. By the grace of the gods, you will.”
The distant boom of drums startled her. She stopped abruptly, her gaze lingering on the large oak doors leading to the throne room.
“All rise,” a muffled voice said behind closed doors.
The time had come.
Clearing her throat, Haven smoothed her regal skirts and stepped up to the ornately carved entry. Warm afternoon light spilled across the floor, bathing her dark red dress in fire. Sparkles from her jewel-covered throat cast a dazzling pattern across her olive skin.
Haven never thought she’d live long enough to take the throne. In a family of two older brothers, and a healthy father, it would never be expected that the eldest daughter would ascend. But it was her misfortune to be blessed with longevity. Haven had outlived much of her family, and as the idea of becoming Queen grew nearer, that blessing had only become a curse.
She had thought of perhaps ending her life just to spare her people her inadequacy. She could try hanging herself, but the moment she was released from the noose, even if her neck broke, air would return to her lungs, and her neck would mend itself. She could slit her wrists, or even her throat, but the wounds would heal in minutes, the scars in hours. There were many ways she had contemplated death, until Haven realized something. The only thing worse than living forever without her family would be to leave her people without a Queen, especially in times like these.
With war at their doorstep, Rythern needed a Queen, one that would not die like the rest of her family. They needed Queen Haven Fyre, one of the last remaining members of her royal lineage. Only she could lead the kingdom past this time of turmoil, or so she hoped.
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