No power is greater than the one you’re willing to sacrifice.
Princess Violetta Flame lives her life according to rule, but those rules require her to pay a heavy price. Haunted by a devastating loss, she longs for freedom. When a handsome ruler takes a special interest in her, she senses greater things lie ahead, but behind the handsome façade lies a dark secret – one that can usurp her efforts and cast her back into the life she detested.
The throne was never promised to Emperor Ryore Frost, but now that he has ultimate power, his world is filled with possibilities. Citizens bow at his feet, but their fleeting adoration is no match for his obsession with the young Flame Princess. As his feelings for the staunchly independent princess grow, a new threat emerges, bent on undermining his efforts and betraying his sensibilities.
When past tragedies, malevolent behaviour, and strong wills collide, which will reign supreme?
sensation seeped into her bones. It pulsed through her, prickling the hairs on
the back of her neck.
something feels wrong.’
and was surprised to find Darius facing away. His tall frame appeared to have
frozen beside her much loved tree, his face turned up toward the sky.
wrong? Tell me.’
followed her brother’s gaze.
over her. Violetta could see the storm a mile off and it showed no signs of
letting up. She flinched as she felt something hit her face. Water? Darius
began to stir, but Violetta’s eyes remained fixed on the sky. She had heard of
rain. It was said that the Air Realm was frequently visited by such cool
showers, but never had she heard of a storm in the Flame Realm. At least, not
since the Almighty Storm of the Ancients.
her courage flee her. She let out a high-pitched squeal; a reaction to the
hands that had forced themselves around her arms.
me.’ Darius stroked the golden waves of her hair. ‘We must get inside.
into her brother’s dark eyes. She nodded.
haven’t got long before the storm hits.’
toward Jork’s ball. She trapped it between her wrinkled skirts, gathering it up
in her slender arms. The rain gathered speed.
got it!’ she squealed. Silence greeted her. ‘Darius? Where are you?’
hear raised voices in the distance. They were muffled, likely from inside the
secret passage they had used to get down here.
spotted a limp shape stretched across the lap of her tree. ‘DARIUS!’
Violetta hard in the shoulder, lifting her clean off the ground. Her mouth
formed a silent scream as she flew through the air, clinging tight to Jork’s
ball. To Violetta’s surprise, she landed on her feet.
vision swam, her shoulder screaming in agony at a chunk of ice that had pierced
the flesh. She glanced about, searching for Darius when something else zipped
past her ear. Violetta tried to put thoughts of the pain aside. She gazed above
her, where the sky had become a blinding white.
fingernails dug into her ball and the agony she felt appeared to diminish. Her
eyes snapped down to her shoulder, which only moments ago had been spiking with
possible,’ she gasped.
was pale and smooth, not a cut or scratch anywhere in sight. Her eyes wandered
down to Jork’s ball, before flocking back to the pale skies above. This had to
be a dream. The sky here wasn’t white. It was a bright and beauteous blue,
Darius had been struck, Violetta returned her gaze to her tree.
her over to him, aching with the sudden chill. Violetta was unsure of what she
was going to find. She drew close and saw the tree’s tangled roots embracing
Darius. His mop of dark hair was slick with the rain, his eyes only just
down and gasped at the sight of her brother’s chest. A large needle of ice had
speared his flesh, spilling ruby liquid around its edges. A banshee’s wail
exploded from her.
escaped Violetta’s world. The edges of her vision darkened, leaving her only
with eyes for her brother.
voice cut through the silence. The elderly nursemaid sprinted past, her cold
stare fixed on the limp form of their Realm’s heir. She bent down to examine
the prince’s wounds, shooting an angry scowl Violetta’s way.
you think you were doing?’ she snarled.
though attempting to escape from their fleshy prison.
was devoid of emotion. She could do little more than stare when a startled
scream sounded nearby.
Violetta got back to her feet. ‘Mother, ice is coming down from the sky. We
must go. Darius said-‘
eyes with her parent. Tears ran afresh down Queen Isobel’s face as she raced
through the rain to reach her child. Her golden curls, which were usually
pinned atop her head, now hung loose and trailed limply down her back.
the shards of ice soaring past. Violetta wanted to run. She wanted to warn her
mother before it was too late, but her body felt like it had frozen in place.
She strained against her fear with all her might.
across to the great oak tree. She scooped up the body of her only son, wailing
against his dark mop of hair.
her voice matched the feelings that stirred within Violetta.
refused to part from her son. He lay there, still as stone, his flesh growing
colder by the moment. Violetta would remember this day for the rest of her
life. She clung tight to Jork’s gift and prepared to race, to grasp hold of her
mother, when another shard shot out of the darkness. A struggling scream filled
the air. It was a scream that would haunt her forever.