Death marked her from her very first breath. Being sired by a Madrid is supposed to be a blessing, but for Tempest, it's a curse that leaves her orphaned, penniless, and enslaved to a blood thirsty crown on the brink of war. Found too unruly to become a ward of the court, she's thrust into the care of the King's Hounds - the assassins and warriors responsible for protecting the kingdom. Driven by rage and an oath to avenge her mother's memory, Tempest throws herself into training. But becoming the first ever female assassin isn't enough. Now, she must obtain the heart of her kingdom's most feared enemy - the jester - a deadly shapeshifter hidden in a land twisted by myth and darkness. Revenge is never easy or cheap. Tempest is willing to sacrifice everything to see justice served. Even her own soul and freedom. Enter the world of the Twisted Kingdoms at your own risk where monsters wear pretty masks, good and evil are at war, and fairy tales don't exist. If you love fiery heroines, sexy villains, enemies-to-lovers romance, pulse-pounding action, mafia undertones, and dark fairy tales, you need to discover the new series readers are comparing to Holly Blacks's Cruel Prince and Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows.
There are many ways to die at the Circus of the Dead. You’re invited to witness them all. Mom sent me all the way across the country to the Louisiana bayou to join the circus and help my uncle for the summer. Except there is something not quite right on this swampy cursed island, and after having my fortune told, I can’t leave. I try to escape, but Benny, an all too charming ghost gangster tries to kill me by feeding me to a tiger. Thankfully I’m rescued by Samuel, the incredibly hot ringmaster who can’t be a day over twenty. Can he? In addition to avoiding the human scorpion, staying away from the big cats, and having trouble figuring out who’s dead and who’s alive, I have to find a way to escape this horror show. Will I get out of the circus alive or will I join their army of ghosts and become a murderer myself? Welcome to the Circus of the Dead.
Raised in the Commonwealth, where citizens live and die by the code of the Seven Sins, Eva is sickened by the barbaric punishments the High Priests inflict. She sees the Bellators of Light, the Commonwealth’s executioners, as no more than conscienceless killers.
When she’s Chosen as the first female bellator—and can’t refuse, on threat of exile or disgrace—Eva is devastated. But she turns out to be inordinately gifted at the very role she abhors…no thanks to her mentor, Ari Westergaard, who alternates between ignoring her and challenging her to impossible tests.
Ari’s indifference conceals a dangerous secret: He’s loved Eva since they were children. When Eva falls for Ari too, she knows they should do anything to avoid each other. Love is forbidden. Lust is a death sentence. But as mentor and apprentice, they’re bound by the blood oath they swore the day of Eva’s Choosing.
Balanced on a razor’s edge of desire and betrayal, the two uncover a secret that could overturn the Commonwealth itself. Now Eva must make an impossible choice: Turn her back on Ari, and remain loyal to the only home she’s ever known—or risk everything on the slim hope of freedom, and stake her life on the boy she’s come to love.
“Loved it! A well-written narrative of disability, dystopia, and exploration, featuring a main character with partial sight…consider it a spiritual successor to Lois Lowry's The Giver and M. Night Shyamalan's The Village.”—Nicole Dieker, Discover Reedsy
Extraordinary power brings great uncertainty…
After finding love on her long trek across the Eloian wilderness, Leanora is ready to settle down with Tarrok and begin their new life together. But the feuding factions on Hirana have other ideas.
Leanora is called upon once more to alter destiny—this time, the destiny of her mother’s war-torn planet. While preparing for war, she discovers that her musical gifts give her unprecedented power that could defeat the Yarats. In order to succeed, she must accept the help of a new ally named Gulnaz, whose destructive behavior could jeopardize Leanora’s mission.
Saving Hirana will require exceptional resilience and trust:
trust in Tarrok to hold her family together, trust in Gulnaz to fight with her against the Yarats, and trust in herself to change the fates of the planets.
…and the constant threat of Eloia’s enemies.
These five individuals represent a Legacy that is repeated every one-hundred years. The Legacy was installed by Helios, God of the Sun, to protect Earth from human abuse. There is an Original (Ellen) who must complete the Legacy before she dies, to ensure the survival of the human species. This will be accomplished once Ellen is convinced that humans deserve to survive, despite a life lived full of manipulation, abuse, and lies.
As the species evolves down the path of abusing the planet, though, this task becomes more and more difficult as humans destroy the Earth and treat one another without compassion or care. This story is the descriptions of the difficulties of completing the Legacy to save the human race, peppered with tragedy, loss, and split-second decisions that cause relationships to cross and intersect.