A River of Royal Blood
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A River of Royal Blood

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Seventeen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of blood and bone--a dark and terrible magic that hasn't been seen in so long, the knowledge on how to wield its power has been lost to history. She wants nothing to do with the magick or with the Ivory Throne and heavy responsibility of leading her fractured country. But she has little choice. If she can't learn to harness the magick inside her by her nameday, she'll die at the hands of the Rival Heir. Her older sister Isadore, whose magick of light and persuasion is more glamorous but no less dangerous than Eva's, holds the hearts and alliances of the Court, and is widely favored to win the crown. Because in the Queendom of Myre, only the strongest, most ruthless rulers can ascend to the throne, and princesses kill for the right to do so.

When an assassin attacks Eva weeks before the competition is set to begin, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye--and it isn't just her sister who wants to see her dead. Although humans have ruled Myre since the Great War, with fey holding only the illusion of power, bloodkin banned from noble society, and the despised khimaer forced to live in the Enclosures, unrest is growing, and someone is using the naming of the True Heir as a smokescreen for political gain.

As tensions escalate, alliances are tested and family secrets are revealed, and Eva turns to the help of an instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious khimaer prince to grow her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister and the childhood memories they share, Eva will have to choose- Isa's death, or her own; her freedom, or the Queendom.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 139 x 209 x 23mm | 372g
  • G P Putnam's Sons
  • United States
  • English
  • 1984816527
  • 9781984816528
  • 25,239

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Praise for A River of Royal Blood:

★ "Joy's debut has all the trappings of a riveting fantasy novel: enviable world building, elements of magic, and scintillating glimpses of a powerful backstory...not to mention a slow-burning romance sure to get readers swooning...Gripping political intrigue and cinematic." —Booklist, starred review

"A sibling rivalry like nothing you’ve ever read before. Joy weaves a dark yet delicate treatise on race, heritage, and power whilst never losing that addictive ‘just one more chapter’ allure. I devoured it in one sitting!" —Natasha Ngan, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire

"A dark and bloody delight of a debut, Amanda Joy's A River of Royal Blood is a seductive tapestry of extraordinary magick delving into the terrifying lengths we will go to claim our destiny." —Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles

“The world of this book is fascinating, the characters and their relationships are compelling, and that plot twist—wow! Readers of fantasy will enjoy it immensely.” —Voya

“A surprising twist and multiple unsolved mysteries will leave readers looking forward to the next book. . . A compelling debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[A] fast-paced magical adventure. . . Filled with mythical creatures, ancient traditions, sibling rivalries, political intrigue, and epic world-building, this book stands out as a masterful adventure.” —School Library Journal

“Joy creates a complex, intriguing fantasy world. . . [readers] will enjoy exciting fight scenes and a variety of abilities reminiscent of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling trilogy.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“[This] engrossing, North African–inspired series opener draws effectively on real-world prejudices to inform [a] richly created universe.” —Publishers Weekly

“A dark and complex fantasy of bloodlust and rich imagination. . . Fascinating characters, both regal and warrior-like, fill the narrative, and the pageantry is richly detailed in a swirling cacophony of colors, dance, and swordplay...This first book in a series is riveting...[and] will leave readers wanting more.” —School Library Connection
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About Amanda Joy

Amanda Joy has an MFA from The New School and lives in Chicago with her dog Luna. You can find her on twitter and Instagram at @amandajoywrites.
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