Gifted thief Romeria has flourished from her days as a street kid pilfering wallets to survive. Now she thrives, stealing jewels from the rich under the involuntary employ of New York City’s most notorious crime boss. But when an enigmatic woman secures her services at swordpoint, Romeria is plunged into a startling realm of opposing thrones, warring elven, and elemental magic she cannot begin to fathom.
Her quest is straightforward: Steal a stone from Islor’s sacred garden without anyone discovering her true identity, which would earn her certain death. But the identity she has inexplicably assumed is that of the captured Ybarisan princess—an enemy to Islor after she poisoned their beloved king and queen on the day she was to marry the prince.
Her betrothed, the newly crowned King Zander, detests her with every grain of his handsome being. Fortunately for Romeria, she is more valuable to him alive than dead. Zander gives her a choice: life in a cell, or an acquittal of all charges in exchange for her help in exposing the growing plot against him.
Romeria sees no other option and embraces the tricky role of smitten queen-to-be until she can escape, a ruse that brings her far closer to the king than she anticipated and threatens more than her safety. As she digs deeper into this sacred garden and the ancient feud between Ybaris and Islor, she discovers monstrous truths that could spell ruin for all.
She would know the world of vengeful gods and monsters, and the lengths one would go for love. And nothing would ever be the same for her again.
“It would be a lot easier if you didn’t react the way you do to me.”
“I can’t help it.”
“Neither can I anymore, it would seem.”
I was scrolling instagram a few months back and thought “Could it be?? KA.T. writing a FANTASY ROMANCE?!?”
Oh and it was true.
The woman who brought us Jonah has now decided we need to have a minor heart attack.
KA Tucker delivers extraordinary world building for her first time in this genre. I wanted to live in Islor with the Mortals and Immortals alike. I wanted to be a caster and see what type of elemental power I would have. I wanted to wear a beautiful gown and fall for a king who wore a heavy crown.
I was consumed and completed immersed in AFoW&F.
There are two heroines we follow, Sofie being still a mystery, and Romeria, a thief in one alternate universe and a princess in her current, will have to choose her path wisely as she deals with the Fates, the politics of a kingdom not yet her own, and possibly her heart.
And beware… Zander is all consuming. A broken man ready to lead a kingdom of history to be remade. A corrupt government with no one he can trust but himself. Zander is the ultimate hero that you know will prevail.
Read if you love:
-Rhen from A curse so dark and lonely, but radiating sex appeal
-Royalty, Castles, Court, and Corruption
-a heroine who you actually want to BE!
-a bit of mystery & intrigue
– Elemental Magic
-friendships just as good as the OTP
-your next obsession in a series
-a little sweat & sword play anyone?
– From Blood and Ash, but honestly with a better world I didn’t struggle to understand. I was pulled in right away and couldn’t stop till the last page.
It’s almost June and I’m naming it my favorite book of 2021-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Characters- here’s my bag of stars… I dont need them anymore
Trope- arranged marriage? enemies to lovers? fake relationship? that’s right you get them all
Steam- Just Zander leaning on a wall makes my knees weak… someone get this girl a wheelchair!🥵
Thank you Valentine PR and KA Tucker for my Advanced Copy for review. Now excuse me as I go reread