On the planet of Thalloo, everybody is connected to the raw essence of magic until their first kiss snaps that connection forever. But, only a kiss that comes with flutters and tingles. Feelingless kisses are safe.
Gertie vowed she would never have her first kiss, preferring to keep her magic and hone her ability to wield it. She didn’t realize magic would keep her alive, even as her bones stiffened, her skin withered. Now, at the ripe age of one thousand and eleven, she lives in a hut in the woods, playing harmless tricks on a nearby troll village to occupy the time in her lonely, eternal life.
Freya is a nineteen year old girl born as a caninian, part of a marginalized race with her face half covered with the fur of a dog. She has been in love with an elven boy who works near her family’s farm ever since she understood the notion of romance. Deep scorn and persecution would meet her if her feelings ever got out. Therefore, she has only ever kissed in fleeting daydreams.
Princess Nicoletta’s royal tutors and caretakers have always promised her that one day, she’d find a husband and rule the kingdom with him happily ever after. At twenty-two, she has kissed plenty of boys during castle balls and secret escapades, but those kisses have never felt more than clammy emptiness. Resigned she will never fall in love with a man, without understand why, she agrees to an arranged marriage with the kingdom’s top-ranking knight.
When Nicoletta’s new husband takes the throne, he strips her of her power and orders the invasion of a neighboring kingdom. Gertie, Freya, and Nicoletta, with their connections to magic standing strong, band together to dismantle the King’s plot before he unleashes a wave of slaughter. At the same time, the three wonder if they would give up magic if they had the chance.
THREE KISSES is a 100,000 world high fantasy novel with the fairy-tale subversion aspects of Naomi Novik’s UPROOTED and the complex political world of S. A. Chakraborty’s THE CITY OF BRASS. I am the managing writer and editor for The Charlottesville Guide and Grand Rounds in Urology. I wanted to reach out to you because [reason].
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