Series: Aurelia #3
Publication Date: October 17, 2016
The conclusion of Aurelia & Robert’s trilogy.
AURELIA, former crown princess of Tyralt, has cobbled together a new life in exile with ROBERT, the young countryman who loves her. In the Outer Realms, they have found safety, but their homeland has not. Tyralt is under attack. When a friend from the past arrives to persuade Aurelia to rescue her country, she and Robert must weigh the hopes of a kingdom against their own failures, nightmares, and self-doubt. Because both Aurelia and Robert know that if they make the wrong choice, with the freedom of an entire nation at stake, they may not find redemption.
Aurelia’s Top Ten Challenges for Headstrong Characters1. Assassins. When you have a mind of your own, people seem to want to kill you.
2. Vultures. AKA unwanted suitors with lots of power and very little hair.
3. Sisters. Always a challenge, whether one is headstrong or not. But Aurelia’s sister definitely belongs on this list.
4. Stepmothers. Like we haven’t all read enough fairy tales to know this. And I admit that Aurelia’s stepmother bears an unfortunate resemblance to the fairy tale stereotype. Aurelia would really prefer that her stepmother did not. But that’s just not the way life turned out.
6. Heights. Yeah, I know. The fear of heights has been done. But you can’t help what you are afraid of. And if you had to climb the Gate or watch the young man you love traverse an extremely deep trench, you might very well find yourself afraid of heights as well.
7. Fear. Now this is the real deal. Being afraid to tell others when you are afraid, that can get you into a lot of trouble. Aurelia knows.
8. Doubt. Doubt is a double-edged sword. Admit it and people might fail to follow you. Deny it, and you may not deserve to be followed.
9. Leadership. How can one ever deserve to lead? To know enough to speak for others? When one can’t even be certain what is right for oneself?
10. Love. Let’s face it. Headstrong young women raised as crown princesses are pretty much raised to deal with everything else.