Release Date: March 24, 2020 Publisher: HarperTeen Price: US $18.99 (Hardcover), US $9.99 (e-book) A princess with two
futures. A destiny all her own. Between her cruel family and the contempt she faces at
court, Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal
life. But when she’s betrothed to the powerful prince Kestrin, Alyrra embarks
on a journey to his land with little hope for a better future.
When a mysterious and terrifying sorceress robs Alyrra of both
her identity and her role as princess, Alyrra seizes the opportunity to start a
new life for herself as a goose girl. But Alyrra soon finds that Kestrin is not what she expected.
The more Alyrra learns of this new kingdom, the pain and suffering its people
endure, as well as the danger facing Kestrin from the sorceress herself, the
more she knows she can’t remain the goose girl forever. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught
between two worlds and ultimately must decide who she is, and what she stands
“Princess Alyrra,” the king says. I rise and lift my eyes to
his. He studies me as if I were a prize goat, his gaze sliding over me before
returning to my face, as cold and calculating as a butcher.
“We have heard tell of you before.”
“My lord?” My voice is steady and calm, as I’ve learned to
make it when I’m only half frightened. For all my prayers, there’s no sign of
softer traits in the man before me.
“It is said you are honest. An unusual trait, it would
Dread curls tight in my belly. I force some semblance of a
smile to my lips. There is no other answer I can give that my family will not
despise me for. My brother has gone rigid, his hands pressed flat against his
“You are most kind,” my mother says, stepping forward.
The king watches me a moment longer, leaving my mother
waiting. Just when I thought I might finally escape my history, how my family
sees me, I find I am mistaken. There is no better future to hope for now. The
king has come for me, knowing full well I am nothing to my family.
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grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as
well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Until recently, Intisar wrote
grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati
Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now
she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing
fantasy. She is the author of The Sunbolt Chronicles and Thorn (HarperTeen