EM Castellan's In the Shadow of the Sun is a sumptuous YA fantasy/romance novel set in 17th century Versailles.
It’s 1661 in Paris, and magicians thrill nobles with enchanting illusions. Exiled in France, 17-year-old Henriette of England wishes she could use her magic to gain entry at court. Instead, her plan is to hide her magical talents, and accept an arranged marriage to the French king’s younger brother.
Henriette soon realizes her fiancé prefers the company of young men to hers, and court magicians turn up killed by a mysterious sorcerer who uses forbidden magic. When an accident forces Henriette to reveal her uniquely powerful gift for enchantments to Louis, he asks for her help: she alone can defeat the dark magician threatening his authority and aid his own plans to build the new, enchanted seat of his power - the Palace of Versailles.
EM Castellan grew up in France, but she now lives in London. A lover of all things historical, she has a particular fondness for seventeenth-century France and Ancient Rome. Some of her stories can be found on Wattpad, where they have been featured twice and read over 300,000 times, including The Bright and the Lost, the winner of the 2017 Wattpad Awards (Wattys) in the Newcomers category.