The Beauty Trials

The Beauty Trials
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February 14, 2023
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In this all-new novel from the world of Dhonielle Clayton’s sweeping, lush Belles series, rebellious, outspoken, fan-favorite Edel Beauregard enters the Beauty Trials―a deadly competition to find the next Queen of Orléans.

Sophia, the dangerous and erratic former queen, has been imprisoned, restoring peace to Orléans. Now her sister, Charlotte, sits on the throne and has decided to invoke the ancient tradition of the Beauty Trials―a series of harrowing tests meant to find the true ruler of Orléans. Edel, who has always aspired to be more than a Belle, decides to enter and, after promising to bind her arcana to keep from having an unnatural advantage, joins a few dozen other hopefuls intent on becoming the next Queen of Orléans.

But the Trials are far worse than any of them bargained for. As the women are put through tasks that test their strength, confidence, composure, and bravery, many perish, and Edel is mysteriously attacked by one of the other competitors―forcing her to use her powers just to survive. Will her subterfuge cost her the crown, or is there a larger conspiracy at play?

New York Times best-selling author Dhonielle Clayton returns to her sweeping, lush fantasy series with an all-new story teeming with high-stakes court intrigue and danger disguised by beauty.

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The Beauty Trials is the third book of The Belles series set in Orleans, where Belles can use magic to make you more beautiful. In Orleans, the citizens suffer from this gray blah appearance, so enter the belles who can alter this appearance often at a high and dangerous cost to themselves. Sophie is the princess and is insane and obsessed with being the most beautiful in Orleans. Dark and scary things have been uncovered about the creation of the belles, belles have gone missing, and the actual Queen has been imprisoned. Once Queen Charlotte is released, she enacts the ancient tradition of The Beauty Trials, which will determine the true Queen, and in a significant twist, a fan-favorite belle is in the trials. Belles have never been Queen. How will this play out?
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I was on the edge of my seat as I dove into this third book after re-reading the first two, as it had been a while since I had been in the world of The Belles. Sophie is insane, and the extremes she goes to for beauty are horrific. The third book is fast-moving and will give you all the feels from the first two books. The Beauty trials are rigorous, almost lethal tasks and competitions that paved the way for the new Queen of Orleans. The ending will blow your mind.
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