Series: The Nissera Chronicles #2
Published by Holiday House on December 4, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Fantastic Flying Book Club
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Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos?
Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic.
A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts. Yet Valory’s immense power seems impossible to tame, and she faces imprisonment by the Nisseran authorities. Then a forbidden resurrection spell awakens a long-dormant evil, and Valory may be the only one who can vanquish this terrifying villain. Together with a band of allies—including an old friend; a haughty princess; and a mysterious, handsome stranger—Valory must learn to harness her power and fight back.
Weaving together her imaginative world of gritty fairytale magic with snippets from Beauty and the Beast and other classic stories, Hannah West’s dark and dangerous adventure is a gripping, immersive companion to her acclaimed debut, Kingdom of Ash and Briars. This richly packaged edition includes an illustrated family tree, detailed map, and embossed jacket with shimmering metallic effects.
Warmth danced between my shoulder blades as I fumbled with
the ornamental clasp on my cloak, refusing to cast a sideways glance
at the flames crawling up the fabric. But ribbons of heat licked
through to my skin and gave me no choice but to drop my satchel
full of books to roll in the mud.
My three assailants caught up to me. I lay on my back, gritting
my teeth hard enough to crush them to powder.
“If you’re going to spread disparaging rumors about a superior,
Valory,” said a wiry, wan-faced boy—my second cousin, Melkior—as
he pinned my cloak under his boot, “you should mind your listener’s
I shot an exasperated look at the girl idling behind him. She was
new to the elicromancer academy. I had hoped to make her feel
welcome, but apparently Melkior had beaten me to it, and in return
she’d given him her fealty. The offhand comment I’d made about
him during Herb Magic lessons in the greenhouses had been noted.
Melkior hunkered down beside me, his eyes narrowing to slits
behind a curtain of stringy dark hair. “You think I’m not worthy to
be an elicromancer.”
Hannah West is the author of Kingdom of Ash and Briars and its companion, Realm of Ruins. She’s always loved writing about magic and fairytales, but her time studying abroad in Orléans, France inspired her to finally write and publish a fantasy novel. She’s a freelance writer and vegetarian living in Texas with her husband and their rambunctious blue heeler.
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Bundle includes: 1x physical copy of Kingdom of Ash and Briars + 1x physical copy of Realm of Ruins.