Today, I’m introducing a high fantasy book where people with magical abilities are on a quest to find the princess – the same princess who is supposed to be dead. Yes you guessed it, I’m talking about THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace! Read on for a guest post and make sure you enter the giveaway!
Author: Becky Wallace
Series: The Keepers’ Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Historical
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.
The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess — the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up — girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.
With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.
Eight Reasons You Don’t Want to be the Princess in The Storyspinner
- Pretty much everyone wants you dead. I could stop listing things right there. Do you honestly want to have assassins hunting you down and killing anyone who even looks like you? Not me. Give the throne to somebody else.
- Everyone you love is dead. Dad: Dead. Mom: Presumed dead. All of their friends: Dead. The entire city where you were born: Sacked, burned, and all the citizens killed. Are you getting the idea here? If you were the missing princess, it’s better to stay missing.
- You’re broke. Besides a tumble down castle in a waste land of burnt-out houses and a nasty bramble bush, the princess owns nothing. Everything was stolen when No. 2 happened. No ball gowns. No glittery jewels. No grand inheritance. But, hey, if you’re the kind of chick who wants to stick it out in a snake-infested rock pile then maybe you deserve to be princess. You are tougher than me.
- The few people who don’t want you dead, want to use you. A sixteen-year-old girl stripped of any allies makes a perfect puppet monarch. You may end up with the ball gowns, glittery jewels, and grand inheritance, but only because you agreed to be someone else’s minion.
- Your father thought it would be a grand idea to betroth you to some dude you’ve never seen. When you were a baby. For all you know, prince charming is hairy troll with a gas problem. Sure, you hope your dad had better taste than that, but a lot can change in sixteen years. That toddler with cherub cheeks and black curls might have turned into a vile, pandering, drunk, womanizer. Better than a troll? Debatable. Some girls are just better off single.
- People with freaky magical powers and their own agenda are hunting you. They don’t want you dead (yay), and they don’t want to use you (exactly), but they won’t stop until they capture you. I’m sort of opposed to the whole captive thing. Freedom is nice.
- Even if you managed to find some allies and take back your throne, it will be a constant battle to keep it — unless you annihilate all of your enemies. Remember No. 3? Yep, no money means no army. Which also means that to get said army, you’ve probably given in to No. 4. So you may be called ‘princess’, but you’re really just a rich man’s toady. Sad face.
- Being princess means being responsible. People will expect you to take care of them, provide for their needs, make judgments on tough social conflicts. And if that isn’t bad enough, you have to TAX PEOPLE. I know, I know. Taxes are for the common good and whatnot, but nobody likes paying them. Which means a lot of people don’t like you—in addition to the people in No. 1.
Her time in isolation gave her plenty of opportunities to dream up the fantasy worlds she’s been dabbling with ever since. She was lucky enough to find her own real-life Prince Charming. They have four munchkins and live in happy little town near Houston, Texas.
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This is a giveaway open to US and Canada only for a chance to win one of five personalized copies of The Storyspinner. You guys definitely want this book, trust me.