In the Serene Kingdom of Sallonia, home to the world’s rarest metal, worst climate and strangest god, women can work in mines until they drop dead, but inherit thrones they can’t. That means seventeen-year-old princess Allii has zero-dynastic value. Ignored by her father, she stays busy building up her herbaria and trying to coax a few smiles out of her childless stepmother, Queen Bellizza.
Then Bellizza dies after eating a rose-apple Allii grew especially for her. Accused of murder, Allii escapes her father’s justice and embarks of a journey of clue-hunting accompanied by a daemon-dog. Her ‘Find-Bellizza’s killer quest’ turns into something far more complicated when she realizes that everything she thought she knew Sallonia’s origins and her own were fabrications.
In a land built on lies, truth is not only a myth; it can get you killed. Bellizza’s murder is not an isolated crime but the first step in a many-headed conspiracy. If Allii fails to expose its authors, civil war will tear her country, the Serene Kingdom of Sallonia, into a million bloody shards, devouring the guilty and the innocent alike. But first, she has to stay ahead of the pair of tracker-assassins chasing her, human bloodhounds who never fail to get their man, woman, child or animal.
Awakening is a 95,000-word fantasy novel for young adults.
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