384 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 in
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 1429 the English army, with the assistance of its astounding magicians, defeats France. Five-hundred-and-fifty years later, it is the most powerful empire in the world. America is part of this empire because it lost the Insurrection of 1776. Queen Eleanor the Second rules with the help of her Head Merlin. Her daughter, Princess Marie-Victoria, must now marry Prince Leopold, heir to the Prussian throne. This story is told from several different points of view: Marie-Victoria; Aelwyn, the Merlin's daughter; Wolfgang, the prince's brother; Ronan, an American heiress; and Isabelle, Leopold's former fianc e. The story is filled with romance and all of its possible entanglements, mystery, and intrigue, plus magic! Readers of de la Cruz's Bluebloods series (Disney-Hyperion) or The Witches of East End (Hyperion, 2011) will not be disappointed. The characters are fully-formed and although the viewpoint changes with each chapter, the storyline is easily followed. Linda DeVore, Educational Reviewer, Casa Grande, Arizona [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] Recommended-Library Media Connection