Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 in
Published: April 1, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1423157427
ISBN - 13: 9781423157427
From the Publisher
Magic is power, and power is magic...
Once they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a formidable castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures.
Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second. With the help of her Merlin, Eleanor has maintained a stranglehold on the world''s only source of magic. While the enchanters faithfully serve the crown, the sun will never set on the Franco-British Empire.
As the annual London Season begins, the great and noble families across the globe flaunt their wealth and magic at parties, teas, and, of course, the lavishBal du Drap d''Or, the Ball of the Gold Cloth.
But the talk of the season is Ronan Astor, a social-climbing American with only her dazzling beauty to recommend her. Ronan is determined to make a good match to save her family''s position. But when she falls for a handsome rogue on the voyage over, her lofty plans are imperiled by her desires.
Meanwhile, Isabelle of Orleans, daughter of the displaced French royal family, finds herself cast aside by Leopold, heir to the Prussian crown, in favor of a political marriage to Marie-Victoria. Isabelle arrives in the city bent on reclaiming what is hers. But Marie doesn''t even want Leopold-she has lost her heart to a boy the future queen would never be allowed to marry.
When Marie comes to Aelwyn, desperate to escape a life without love, the girls form a perilous plan that endangers not only the entire kingdom but the fate of the monarchy.
"[De la Cruz''s] vivid descriptions are just enough to transport us into the world...This character-driven novel has fabulous balls, glitzy gowns, and plenty of drama and plot twists, making it hard to put down."-School Library Journal
About the Author
Melissa de la Cruz(www.melissa-delacruz.com) is the author of many best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series:Blue Bloods,Masquerade,Revelations,The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel,Bloody Valentine, Lost in Time,andGates of Paradise.She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband and daughter.
It''s the season in London, and eligible bachelors and ladies alike are clamoring for the best parties in advance of the grand ball, where Marie, the intelligent but sickly heir to the English throne, and Leopold, the charismatic prince of Prussia, will formalize their politically necessary engagement. Marie, whose heart belongs to a lowly soldier of the realm, dreads the marriage. Meanwhile, Aelwyn, Marie''s childhood friend and the daughter of the kingdom''s sorcerer, has arrived at the palace after refining her powers in Avalon. Can Aelwyn help Marie escape her duty? De la Cruz sets the stage for a compelling romantic drama with potent political overtones for the majority of the book, but the last 50 pages careen through a series of clumsy reveals to a less-than-happily-ever-after ending, which would have been much more satisfying had it been drawn out in a second volume. That said, there is still much to like here, from the steamy romances and froufrou fashions to the empowering female characters standing up for what they deserve. - Sarah Hunter-Booklist Online