Of Legends and Roses (The Crowned Chronicles #1)
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Genre: YA Fantasy
A realm touched and forgotten by magic.
A young queen orphaned by disease.
A prince after her heart.
Queen Rosemary Avelia knows little about ruling a kingdom, and even less so about the ancient legends of her land. Since no one has been born Talented in centuries, she simply scoffs at the idea of magic. However, when the charming Prince Gryffin Danicio arrives just as her kingdom is under a deadly threat, he shows her that not all kingdoms of the Magian Peninsula have so quickly dismissed the legends of the Talented. Perhaps the Talented should not so easily be forgotten.
Of Legends and Roses is the first book in The Crowned Chronicles, a series following passionate and determined Queen Rosemary as she faces reign, love, the threat of war, and the mystifying world of the Talented.
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I heard Zeke’s voice again. Point your blade downward.
With every emotion swirling through my head, I almost laughed; even in his absence, Zeke was trying to tell me what to do.
But I listened to him as I pushed up from the cobblestoned street and let the tip of my sword hang downward toward the ground. Don’t relax. I tried to feign fatigue, which really wasn’t too much of a challenge, but I kept my arms taut. Ready.
A wicked smile spread across my opponent’s face, and he strode forward, his weapon glinting in the sun, ready to strike.
Then, just before I was within his sword’s reach, I shot the tip of my blade upward, and I thrust my sword forward with every fiber of strength contained within me.
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About the Author
Ashley W. Slaughter was born and raised in south Louisiana, among sugarcane fields lining the banks of the Mississippi River. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2018 and worked as a wildlife biologist before pursuing her career as an author. Writing has always been a passion of hers, as shown through her near-to-bursting manila folder of short stories she’d written throughout grade school, and the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed her to rediscover this passion. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, spending time with her husband and pets, and, of course, reading.
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What if you were the queen to a kingdom and everyone relied on you?
Of Legends and Roses is a fun and witty tale. The twists and turns of magic and mystery are engaging and the banter between Zeke and Rosemary is perfect. They have the kind of friendship everyone should experience at least once. I thoroughly enjoyed this look into a world where magic is thought to be extinct–until it isn’t–and being stubborn might save your life. I received a copy of this book through R&R Book Tours. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.