The second book in Isabelle Steiger's epic fantasy series, which weaves together the lives of the haves and the have-nots both desperately fighting to reassemble the remains of a fallen empire.
Isabelle Steiger's debut The Empire's Ghost was praised by Booklist as a "well-crafted tale that is ripe for a sequel”. In The Rightful Queen, we return to the empire of Elesthene in a continuation of the series.
Imperator Elgar has brought war to Lantistyne once again, and the rogues of the Dragon’s Head, once forced into his service, are scattered to the winds, wracked by tragedy and struggling to reunite. While a cornered King Kelken grows increasingly desperate, Arianrod Margraine, the brilliant but outmanned marquise of Esthrades, devises a plan to stretch Elgar’s forces thin and turn the tide of battle in their favor. But when the sheltered queen of Issamira is driven from her throne by a long-simmering plot and the use of forbidden magic, Arianrod faces an even more pressing crisis. Adora Avestri is more than the rightful queen of Issamira, more even than the key to defeating Elgar on the field — she has drawn the attention of beings older than Lantistyne itself, who possess hidden knowledge Arianrod has long desired. But if the queen and the marquise hope to survive long enough to learn it, Adora must find the strength to claim her birthright once and for all, and Arianrod must match wits and magic with a foe she has never before encountered: an equal.
The Rightful Queen is another example of author Isabelle Steiger's powerful writing, full of intricate characters and complex world-building.
Isabelle Steiger was born in the city and grew up in the woods. She received her first notebook when she was eight, and she’s been filling them up ever since. After a childhood filled with haunted mansions, lightning-induced power outages, and insects rude enough to sabotage a perfectly honorable swordfight, she was relieved to finally return to New York, where she currently lives. The Empire's Ghost is her first novel.