Royal Airs

Royal Airs

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"Master storyteller Sharon Shinn created the thrilling and enchanting world of Welce in her acclaimed novel "Troubled Waters." Return with her to that elemental universe in this tale of secrecy, romance, and a battle for power..." Josetta is a princess of one of the Five Families. But she is far from the throne, so she is free to spend her days working in the poorest sections of the city. Rafe Adova, an outcast since he was born, lives the life of a career gambler in those slums. He has no ambition other than cheating at the card tables--until the night he decides to help a girl named Corene, who looks like she's stumbled into the wrong bar. She, too, is a princess--sister to Josetta, who finds her with Rafe. He fascinates her. Josetta has never encountered anyone like him--someone seemingly devoid of elemental blessings. He is drawn to her, though he thinks they are unlikely to ever meet again--but their connection grows strong when she nurses him back to health after he is assaulted by foreign mercenaries. And when they learn the reason he's being hunted, they know that the truth about his history could endanger not only their love but also their very more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 612.35g
  • Ace Books
  • United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0425261719
  • 9780425261712
  • 467,952

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Praise for "Troubled Waters" "Carries readers away into a vivid new fantasy world . . . entertaining and suspenseful . . . full of lively characters . . . The intriguing new system of magic and politics provides plenty of potential for sequels."--"Publishers Weekly" "Filled with vivid details of everyday life, a strong and admirable heroine, and a plot with as many twists and turns as the mighty river that threads through the story, Shinn's latest novel should appeal to her avid readership and to lovers of the genre. Highly recommended."----"Library Journal" (starred review) "Will be enjoyed by readers who like stories with hints of western European aristocracy and elemental magic, with a happy ending."--"Booklist" "A lush new world peopled with fascinating characters . . . Shinn once again demonstrates her considerable facility for creating a richly developed world peopled with intriguing characters blessed with remarkable powers."--"Night Owl Reviews" "Character-driven fiction with fantastical and romantic elements. Shinn has created a world that is completely believable and magical at the same time."--"Fantasy Literature" "A great opening political fantasy that is filled with a strong cast, wonderful refreshing laws of magic, and court intrigue . . . Shinn affirms what her fans already knew from the Twelve Houses saga: that the author is one of the best fantasists."--"Alternative Worlds"show more

About Sharon Shinn

Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, "The Shape-Changer's Wife," was selected by "Locus "as Best First Fantasy Novel of 1995. She has won the William L. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She has also received an RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award and won the 2010 RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her more
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