Book Two: The Passing of Pawns
(Most recent addition, 4/21, Chapter 26 & Epilog)
Chapter 11 / Chapter 12 / Chapter 13 / Chapter 14 / Chapter 15 / Chapter 16 / Chapter 17 / Chapter 18 / Chapter 19 / Chapter 20 / Chapter 21 / Chapter 22 / Chapter 23 / Chapter 24 / Chapter 25 / Chapter 26 / Epilog
(A quick note: These chapters are not in their final form. This is more like a second draft pass, so there will be another heavy edit pass and I’ll bring in a proofreader before this book is actually published in June. FYI, I may have to reorganize Ch 20-21…just so you all know.)
Beginning in May:
Now a member of the king’s bodyguard in the capital, Ellis finally meets her brother, Kerris, but that joy comes with a tempering factor: the queen has returned to Jenear as well. Ellis struggles to deal fairly with the woman who abandoned her, all the while fighting the Seers’ ever-more-certain prediction that she will marry Anton Marisi.
And her partner, Llelas, is fighting his own demons as well, for the Marisi have come to the capital, bringing his father with them. It’s just one cog in a plan that could end up with the king’s daughter married to his cousin, himself dead…and the country being controlled by the wrong woman.
The King’s Daughter series consists of 4 books, of which I’m planning to publish 3 in summer 2018. (The titles have changed, and the covers might change between now and then, but it’s all a work in progress.)
This is a series I’m working on in my spare time. (I have four short stories set in this same world, although they do not occur during this time period: The Nature of Demons, Whatever Else, The Arranged Marriage, and The Stains of the Past.)
What the story’s about:
Ellis Dantreon is barely fifteen when she learns that her father–the king of Jenear–has decreed that she’s to be trained as a soldier. Thrust in among the others at the newly reopened War College of Amiestrin, Ellis must earn the other cadets’ respect and trust. Not all of them are pleased at having a girl thrust among them. Ellis has to choose which ones to trust, sometimes pushing back against her instructors’ urging as she does.
But most of all, she must deal with a world far wider than the one she’s known. That world will shape her future, for the Gifted whom her meager staff have always considered myths prove to be very real indeed. Those people want very much to influence the course of a future Jenear. When it comes time for her young brother to take the throne, the Seers among them believe that Ellis will decide whether her younger brother lives or dies, or if he’ll be replaced by another claimant to the throne altogether.
And hiding among the cadets and staff, some of those Gifted have arrived at Amiestrin…