The Girl Who Would Be King
Once upon a time, it was a tough world for a young princess. What happens to the world when the princess decides to get even?
Aeryn Stonebreaker is the Princess of Shadows, second in line to the throne of the Light, Shadows, and Dark. The singsong her nursemaids give her is, “Gimlé is wide and bleak, Aeryn is small and weak.”
It’s a hard life on Gimlé, a strange world with a red sun that does not move in the sky. Generations before, Aeryn’s warrior-king ancestor, Arthur the Hammer, unified the land and established a detailed Code of governance and behavior. But while Aeryn is a child, obedience to Arthur’s Code is fraying and the kingdom is ripped apart by rebellion and war. She grows up amid the ebb and flow of fighting and the losses it causes.
What is the fate of a young girl in a patriarchal world where a princess is nothing more than a token on the game boards of powerful men? However, this is a princess who stops playing by the rules and picks up her own weapons. What happens then?
Copyright © 2021 Colin Alexander
“An implacable young woman breaks royal boundaries in this medieval fantasy . . . Alexander’s engrossing novel is steeped in detailed medieval politics and battlefield tactics . . . A vivid, engaging . . . fantasy in which violence carries the day.” – Kirkus Reviews
You can read the full review at PRINCESS OF SHADOWS