LOST CROW CONSPIRACY (Blood Rose Rebellion #2)
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Pub. Date: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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Sixteen-year old Anna Arden was once just the magically barren girl from an elite Luminate family. Now she has broken the Binding—and Praetheria, the creatures held captive by the spell, wreak havoc across Europe. Lower-class citizens have access to magic for the first time, while other Luminates lose theirs forever. Austria and Hungary are at odds once more.
Anna Arden did not know breaking the Binding would break the world.
Anna thought the Praetheria were on her side, content and grateful to be free from the Binding. She thought her cousin Matyas's blood sacrifice to the disarm the spell would bring peace, equality, justice. She thought her future looked like a society that would let her love a Romani boy, Gabor.
But with the Monarchy breathing down her neck and the Praetheria intimidating her at every turn, it seems the conspiracies have only just begun.
As threat of war sweeps the region, Anna quickly discovers she can't solve everything on her own. Now there's only one other person who might be able to save the country before war breaks out. The one person Anna was sure she'd never see again. A bandit. A fellow outlaw. A man known as the King of Crows. Matyas.
BLOOD ROSE REBELLION (Blood Rose Rebellion #1)
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook audiobook
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The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.
This excerpt comes from the second POV in LOST CROW CONSPIRACY: Eszterházy Mátyás. (In Hungarian fashion, his surname is given first).
When I came to, I found myself tightly trussed to the trunk of a tree. Judging by the sun over the stand of trees, I’d been out for an hour or more. A handkerchief had been stuffed into my mouth, and when I tried to speak, the three strangers in the grove with me turned to face me.
One of the men held the small velvet bag I’d confiscated from the noblemen the day before; another held the larger saddlebag, where I kept my purse. The whole encounter stung. Not because I’d lost my money, but because I’d never even seen it coming.
One of the men, half a head shorter than me with a long, luxuriant black mustache, approached me. “I’m going to untie your gag. If you try to shout, I will shoot you in the knee.”
I nodded to show my understanding, and he stripped the cloth from my mouth.
“You’re not from here,” black mustache said. “You’re carrying goods worth more than the clothes on your back. I think maybe you stole them.”
“And now you’ve stolen them from me. I don’t think I’m seeing your point.”
“We’re looking for someone. Calls himself the King of Crows.”
“Never heard of him. And you are?”
He fingered the tips of his mustache. “Fekete Laszló.” Laszló the Black. He announced the name as though he were someone I ought to have heard of. “You talk like a Luminate. Any magic?”
“Not to speak of,” I lied.
“A lot of Luminate lost their magic after the Binding broke,” the redhead said. “He’s probably telling the truth. Might as well let him go.”
Laszló frowned up at the sky. “Take him far enough from here that he can’t track his way back and let him loose on the puszta. Mayhap he’ll live; mayhap he won’t.”
“Callous,” I said, tsking.
“I’m beginning to dislike you.” Laszló fingered the hilt of a knife at his belt.
“Only beginning to? I’ve clearly failed then.”
The redhead shouted with laughter. “I like him, Laszló. He’s smart, fearless—or possibly just stupid—and he’s clearly not above the law. We could use someone now that Feri has gotten himself hanged. What do you think, stranger?”
I thought for a glancing second. I needed to disappear, and I needed to find work—if this wasn’t quite honest work, it at least promised to be interesting.
Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.
She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works.
Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary.
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