When the King kills himself in his throne, he leaves behind his mute daughter, Lux, who inherits the cursed Kingdom of Nightling. In Nightling, the sun never shines, the snow never stops falling and the vagrants who seek refuge are soon driven mad by the cold that never ceases, and the darkness that never ends.
After enduring seventeen years of ill-treatment by her vicious father and traitorous vagrants, Lux has learnt to despise every human who comes knocking at the iron door Nightling hides behind. Not that many do. Eternal night keeps people away just like the river of poison that runs snake-like through the blackened trees of the Dead Forest.
Alone in the dark, Lux’s days are made bearable because of her beloved animals: Her adoring wolf, Leod, who gave her his heart when no one else did. And her cherished crow, Avalon, who leant her his voice, because she was robbed of her own.
When Leod and Avalon go missing, Lux finds a note pinned to her castle door: If you do not leave Nightling by morning, I will kill the wolf and crow.
For Lux, a lifetime spent in familiar darkness is far easier than having to step outside and face the light for the first time. If she leaves Nightling to find Leod and Avalon, she will have to navigate a frightening new world without her animals to protect and speak for her.
But if she does not leave, she will spend a lifetime in a cursed kingdom of darkness without the crow who has her voice, and the wolf who has her heart.
THE WOLF, THE CROW, AND THE QUEEN is a Young Adult Fantasy novel, complete at 67,000 words.
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