Queen of Roses
(The Once and Future Morgan Le Fay, #1)
Publication date: April 15th 2023
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
A doomed love, a dangerous mission, and a kingdom on the brink of war…
A cast-off princess…
Born into a life of duty and sacrifice, Morgan Pendragon’s destiny has never been her own. Rumored to carry the tainted blood of the fae in her veins, her birthright is stolen from her when she is a mere child. Growing up in the shadow of her brother the king, she has been promised to the goddesses when she comes of age. So, when her brother commands that she seek out a fae weapon of legendary power, Morgan seizes the chance to break free from the chains of her fate.
A dangerous temptation…
As she travels, Morgan finds herself drawn into a strange group of outcasts, led by a dark and enigmatic warrior whose sharp wit and fierce beauty set her heart ablaze. But while Morgan struggles to reconcile her desires with her duty, she and her new comrades discover dangers that await them beyond anything in their wildest nightmares.
A slumbering kingdom awoken by blood…
Believed to have vanished generations ago, a fae kingdom dreaded by mortals is ascending once more, bound to reclaim what was lost by violence and bloodshed. As the fae world, with its intricate web of lies and mysteries, is slowly revealed to Morgan, she is led to the terrible realization that the secrets she carries in her blood make her a greater threat than she could ever have imagined.
The first in an action-packed new series brimming with magic, danger, and spellbinding slow-burn romance, Queen of Roses is perfect for fans of Holly Black, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Sarah J. Maas.
“Please–” I tried to say, but the knife tightened, cutting into the soft skin of my throat. I felt something warm trickle down my chest. Blood. My blood.
“She’s bleeding, you fool,” Baudwin exclaimed. “You’re hurting her.”
“Hurting the Pendragon fae-blooded bitch? The tainted heir?” The man holding me gave a nasty chuckle. “And you expect me to care when—”
Abruptly, his words ceased.
The knife against my throat slid swiftly away, nearly cutting me again as it fell to the ground still clutched in the man’s hand.
I turned to see my would-be-captor lying on the ground with an arrow through his chest and blood spilling from his still-open mouth.
Behind me, Baudwin and the other man were shouting to one another in confusion.
I didn’t know whether to face them, join them, or run out of the alley. Before I could finish deciding, I heard the sound of pounding hooves, then caught a glimmer of steel flashing past me.
I fell back against the wall of the alley as a stallion sped past me. I glimpsed a man in the uniform of a Royal Guard sitting tall and upright in the saddle, his weapon drawn and ready.
The shouts behind me rapidly became screams.
By the time I had stood up again, it was already too late. Baudwin and the cloaked man were crumpled on the ground, blood pooling around them.
I stared at their bodies, horrified.
The guard on the horse dismounted quickly and strode towards me, gripping me by the shoulders.
“Are you all right? Did they hurt you?”
I recognized the voice. I forced myself to focus.
The white linen and black leather of the guard’s uniform. The glint of a silver ring in his ear. Dark hair falling over his brow.
I pulled away from Kairos Draven as hard as I could, stepping backwards until I hit the wall.
“You,” I said in disbelief. “You’ve killed them all. Why? Why did you do that?”
Briar Boleyn is the fantasy romance pen name of USA TODAY bestselling author Fenna Edgewood. Briar rules over a kingdom of feral wildling children with a dark fae prince as her consort. When she isn’t busy bringing new worlds to life, she can be found playing RPG video games, watching the birds at her bird feeder and pretending she’s Snow White, or being sucked into a captivating book. Her favorite stories are the ones full of danger, magic, and true love.
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