Even the Emperor of Sirlende cannot always do as he
pleases, but when custom demands he find another bride after the death
of his betrothed, a princess he barely knew, Torric Deveras defies his
counselors and changes the rules rather than make a loveless marriage.
Millende is the only daughter of a nobleman, but had her inheritance
stolen from her by her unscrupulous stepmother. A servant in the house
that should have been hers, she dreams of escaping the drudgery of her
life and finding someone who will love her for who she truly is.
Torric invites all the marriageable women in his kingdom to a five-day
holiday of feasts, tournaments, hunts, and balls so that he might choose
an Empress from among them, Ashara never dreams that she can attend,
much less catch his eye and win his heart. Then a woman with hidden
secrets appears who will give Ashara the chance to win her heart's
desire — if only she is bold enough to take the first step.
Christine Pope's undefined
sets the timeless story of Cinderella in the world of her Latter
Kingdoms series, weaving a spellbinding tale of royal intrigue, familial
deceit, and the magic of love.
Fantasy romance • 89,000 words
Publication date: November 2013