Shield & Blade: A Fate of Eyrinthia Novella (Fate of Eyrinthia #3.5)
YA Fantasy Romance
July 14, 2022
His to protect
When Vera broke Venn’s heart, he was shattered. When she was abducted by mercenaries, he vowed to tear Mortise apart to find her. Now, reunited, he is determined to keep her safe–and win back her heart. Of course, things are never that simple.
Hers to defend
Vera has regretted hurting Venn ever since that fateful night in Wexon, but finding the right time to tell him is proving difficult. Traveling with him to Duvan should give her the perfect opportunity, but things take an unexpected turn when they find young children abandoned near a roadside.
Theirs to save
Helping the children isn’t in question, but the detour leads Venn and Vera into the heart of a sinister mystery. The truth they fight to uncover could change everything in Eyrinthia–and may cost them their lives.
This series just keeps getting better with each new book and story that leads you deeper into the lives of the characters where you connect with them on a level that makes you want to stay in there world. True to the author's writing style this stoy has all the feels: romance, heartache, love,mystery, and adventure with trouble. When things go array Vera and Venn must find the truth but it may cost them more than they bargain for.
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Guest Post: Why Novellas?
It’s funny how a world can explode into being.
The idea for Royal Decoy took shape one day, and I started writing. I was quite sure I could tell this story in one book–then I realized there were more characters that needed a voice, so I thought, “Okay, it will be a trilogy.” Of course, that didn’t end up working, either. By the time I outlined everything, I knew it would be six books–and that’s where I drew the line. Yet, even as I was writing rough drafts of the series, some characters started whispering that they had stories to tell, too.
In fact, one very loud voice DEMANDED that I tell his story. I won’t tell you who (it’s a novella still to come!) but I very emphatically told him “NO”. It wouldn’t work. There was no way to weave his story into the books, because it took place before Royal Decoy, and, of course, SPOILERS.
I’ll never forget the way he sort of grinned in my head, and a scene popped into my mind. Because I’m me, I started writing that scene. And I couldn’t stop.
That opened the floodgate for other stories; stories that are a part of the series, but not able to be in the main series for whatever reason. For Fire & Ash, it was because Desfan’s origin story takes place before Royal Decoy, so there was no way to fit it in. But I’d written some of those scenes so I could understand him, his relationship with his father, and with his bodyguard Karim. And the rest was history.
For Shield & Blade, the reason was very practical–the books were too long to accommodate Venn and Vera’s storyline. Also, I knew this was a pivotal time in Eyrinthia; so much is going on, and there are events we haven’t been able to see. Things that have developed since we left Devendra behind in Royal Spy. Telling Venn and Vera’s story now in a novella was the perfect solution! We’re able to see some of what’s happening outside of Duvan, and it’s setting the stage for what’s to come in the rest of the series.
Now, if you’ve read my novellas, you know that the lengths are actually more like a regular novel. I wasn’t sure if I should even call them novellas, but for me, it makes sense. A novella is something that adds to a series, but it doesn’t need to be read to enjoy the main storyline. That’s exactly how I view these extra books. If you love Eyrinthia and you want to know more of the world and more about the characters, then you’ll love the novellas. And while some of the novellas will be prequels, some–like Shield & Blade–will take place during the main storyline, and help fill in some blanks.
And, if you’re looking for your Eyrinthia fix before Royal Rebel comes out, then Shield & Blade is the perfect read for you.
Learn more about the Fate of Eyrinthia series by checking out Royal Decoy (Fate of Eyrinthia #1)
Royal Decoy Blurb:
Clare made a mistake when she saved the princess’s life . . .
In one horrible night, Clare is forced to give up her life as a kitchen maid to become the princess’s decoy. Thrust into a dangerous new world of royals and deadly politics, she must learn how to be the princess’s perfect double to ensure her betrothal to an enemy prince. Desperate to survive, Clare throws herself into self-defense training, taught by her distractingly attractive bodyguard, Bennick. The spark between them is undeniable, though a relationship is forbidden. When a ruthless assassin begins stalking her, it becomes frighteningly clear that some will stop at nothing to end the tenuous peace—and Clare’s life.
Across the northern mountains, Prince Grayson is his father’s ultimate weapon. His name inspires fear in all who hear it, but no one knows his heavily guarded secret. He carries out every brutal order only because his father holds power over the one person he cares about. Grayson’s silent obedience is tested, however, when his father reveals plans to exploit the marriage alliance between two of their greatest enemies. If Grayson submits, the blood of thousands will spill. If he resists, the girl who means everything to him will die.
The fate of Eyrinthia hangs in the balance. Some want peace. Some want war. All will be thrown into chaos.
Royal Decoy is the first in the Fate of Eyrinthia YA fantasy romance series told from multiple POVs. If you like swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and non-stop action with epic twists, then you’ll love the captivating world of Eyrinthia.
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Heather Frost is a #1 Amazon Bestselling YA author who loves epic stories with breath-stealing romance. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. Her books have been Whitney Award Finalists and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and re-watch Lord of the Rings. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com
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