Happy Book Birthday to Grace Draven! The first book in her new Fallen Empire trilogy comes out today.
Gordon and I both loved the book. It has both beauty and savagery, wild magic, and insane odds. We are friends with Grace and her husband, Patrick, so we are understandably biased, but still we recommend this one. If you like fantasy romance with an edge, Phoenix Unbound delivers.
As always your mileage will vary, so try a sample first.
A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of RADIANCE
Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital–her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.
But this year is different.
Azarion, the Empire’s most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion–and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. Unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.
To protect her family and village, she will abandon everything to return to the Empire–and burn once more.
Grace’s website: https://gracedraven.com/home
Quick reminder: we will be in Houston this Friday to celebrate the release of Phoenix Unbound with Grace at Murder by the Book. Details here.