“They’ll do it at the festival,” Miri whispered to the air above her bed. “They’ll drag her into the square dressed in Lion silks. They’ll draw her braid behind her shoulder and wrap her wrists in leather and chains.”
She felt the stillness of Cass and that he did not seem to even draw breath. She wished she’d never spoken, but she couldn’t seem to stop. The kings were only holding Lettie hostage to use as leverage against the sorcerers who were tied to queen’s blood. Once she rose into her full power as heir, Lettie would have to be removed from their game.
“They’ll kill the others first to make her watch as her people—our people—are tortured for their crimes. For being loyal to a true heir. For being loyal to the throne.” Miri swallowed against the lump in her throat, unable to keep the images at bay. She could imagine the unhealed lash marks, the torn fabric, and the open wounds, festering from too long being untreated and from the filth of a prison cell. She could hear their screams and the rage in her sister’s tone. Leticia was a Lion, regardless of her caramel hair and sharp features. But ferocity would not save her against the seven kings—not against sorcery and deceit. “They’ll wait for her and leave her until the festival’s dawn. As the sun rises on the square, when the revelers are slow with drink and no longer care, they’ll drive a spike into her neck. They will let her bleed out and let her life drain slowly onto the marble steps that honor the queens before.” Miri closed her eyes. “Did you know that? Did you realize that by that day’s dawn, Lettie will be queen?”
She would no longer be a princess or an heir.
Their mother had been murdered. Lettie was next.
One was an accident. Two a coincidence. By three, they would know. It would be harder, but I would avenge my mother’s death. These kings would pay that price.
Seven cities make up the Storm Queen’s Realm, each of their self-crowned, murderous kings are one of Princess Myrina’s marks. The treasonous curs may have banded together to share a stolen throne, but soon they will fall.
They thought her dead, killed in the massacre. They thought their rule secure, but Myrina of Stormskeep has awoken. With the help of her loyal bloodsworn, the shadow princess of will have her revenge.
For fans of The Witcher and Game of Thrones—a new princess set on vengeance is here to steal your heart.
About the Author
Melissa is the author of more than a dozen young adult and fantasy novels and countless to-do lists. Her most popular titles are The Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She’s currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be spotted collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest. Contact her through the web at www.melissa-wright.com