A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war. In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.
The Kingdom of Eden is growing darker with each passing day. Brother and sister, former foes, must decide whether some betrayals cut too deep to be forgiven—and whether one will wear the crown or both will lose everything.
Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest. Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early. Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval...all games must come to an end.
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.
I picked up this book not knowing what to expect, and I thought that the first part of the book was exciting, fun and a bit bizarre. Which I loved and thought this was going to be a fun read. But then things started to shift towards a much darker place..
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.
This is a story about the princess Aurelia, who is about to be sent away to marry the sickly and weak crown prince of the neighbouring country. In her own country she’s met with fear and hate from her people. It is rumoured the she is a witch, and they are an evil scourge on the world. At least that is what the people are being taught by an influential group who likes nothing more than to execute users of magic.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval… beware of getting swept too far away.
A Dragon has descended upon the castle, not that they are sure that it is a dragon yet, and is now hunting and eating the population and in its hunt has destroyed the ways in and out. When morning comes people are now stuck in Castle Lawhill, being hunted and picked off one by one by a great silent monster. But even in this dire situation, the intrigue of court carries on. And in the east there’s a nameless knight with a pure heart riding towards Lawhill.