A princess with a powerful and dangerous secret must find a way to save her country from ruthless invaders in this exciting debut fantasy, the first novel in a thrilling duology packed with heroism, treachery, magic, and war.
Askia became heir to the Frozen Crown of Seravesh because of her devotion to her people. But her realm is facing a threat she cannot defeat by sheer will alone. The mad emperor of the Roven Empire has unleashed a horde of invading soldiers to enslave her lands. For months, her warriors have waged a valiant, stealth battle, yet they cannot stop the enemy’s advancement. Running out of time, she sets sail for sun-drenched Vishir, the neighboring land to the south, to seek help from its ruler, Emperor Armaan.
A young woman raised in army camps, Askia is ill-equipped to navigate Vishir’s labyrinthine political games. Her every move sinks her deeper into court intrigues which bewilder and repel her, leaving her vulnerable not only to enemies gathering at Vishir's gates, but to those behind the palace walls.
And in this glittering court, where secrets are worth more than gold, Askia fears that one false step will expose her true nature. For Askia is a witch gifted with magical abilities — knowledge that could destroy not only her life but her people. As her adversaries draw closer, Askia is forced to make an impossible choice — and no matter what she decides, it may not be enough to prevent Seravesh’s fall.
Greta was born in sandy Las Vegas, Nevada, and raised in snowy Waukesha, Wisconsin. The youngest of four children, Greta wrote her first book at five. Three Little Duckies earned rave reviews at her pre-school and nearly cinched her mother the coveted Mom-of-the-Year award circa 1993 (#mommywars). But two weeks later Greta's childhood nemesis, Jamie Martin, figured out subtraction and Jamie's mother took the title, a fact Greta has never lived down. (Damn it, Jamie!)
Greta went to college, at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater where she double-majored in International Business and German. She's lived in both Germany and Japan and travelled throughout the world, from the vast emptiness of the Sahara Desert to ... (more)