Welcome to the Realm, where magic is your drug, your poison, and your only hope.
An illness is spreading through the city, marking the sick in mysterious letters scrawled across their skin. What is first thought to be madness reveals itself to be an awakening as residents rediscover themselves, their pasts, and their long-forgotten magic… things the Queen wants to remain buried. Things she will sacrifice her own children to suppress.
Mercy has never been a staple of the Realm. Treachery, blood, and magic steeps the city as the rebel leader, Red, seeks to topple the Tower, Princess Fay eyes her mother’s throne, and Prince Vaun must decide whether to submit to his mother’s terrible demand.
"This lush fantasy stays ferociously readable while offering a world that’s easy to love: unhappy people waking up to realize there’s more to life, and greeting it with curious wonder. This belle epoque–flavored series will appeal to readers who like their fantasy politics splashed with hope."
"I absolutely loved the unique world, the complex emotions, the interesting characters, the touch of absurd humor, and the immersive writing, and I’m already looking forward to jumping back into this series!"
--Metaphors and Moonlight
"Revisit the Realm and realize nothing is as it seems. Heroes and villains are all a matter of perspective as the dust wears off, but one thing's for sure: the Queen always gets what she wants. I was already madly in love with Vaun after book one, but now, I'm equally in love with his sister Fay--which is fitting in this dark fantasy world where hedonism is not a suggestion but a rule. Low's writing style is as delicious as the sensual world she has created, and I lapped up every single word like spilled tea."
—Sara Dobie Bauer, author of Bite Somebody
About the Author
…Or she might be a woman with a very active imagination, no desire to be outdoors, and more notebooks than she’ll ever know what to do with.
Find out by following her on social media @cherylwlow or check her webpage, CherylLow.com. The answer might surprise you! But it probably won’t.