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.
In this alternative history, the Franco-British Empire dominates the globe, backed by the Queen''s Merlin, a formidable magician with a stranglehold on the world''s magic. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, however, the small country of Prussia makes a move toward rebellion, and the Queen and her Merlin must arrange a marriage between the heirs of the two kingdoms for peace. While Eleanor, the physically frail but intellectually sharp daughter of the Queen, and Leopold, the domineering but charming Prussian prince, are at the center of the deal, they''re far from the only ones affected. There''s Isabelle, a French countess and Leo''s lover; Wolf, Leo''s younger brother and the reckless "spare heir"; Astor, an American heiress who has caught Wolf''s eye; Gill, Eleanor''s childhood companion and true love; and most importantly, Aelwyn, the Merlin''s daughter and the one destined to protect and serve the throne now the Queen and the Merlin are nearing death. Political intrigue is the name of the game here, and as the focus shifts among the younger characters and their various schemes to get what they want (Leo wants to keep his mistress, Eleanor wants to run away with Gill, Aelwyn wants the crown for herself), de la Cruz expertly lays out clues to alert the reader to the fact that for all their planning, these youngsters are nonetheless going to fall prey to the larger plans of their politically savvy elders. Unfortunately, any authorial restraint falls completely apart