Flames Like Vines by Sara Raasch
In Cerie’s short-story, Winter and Angra may not be involved in the princess’s world yet…but that doesn’t mean Summer doesn’t have its own troubles.
“She was part of Summer, and Summer was part of her, and this land wouldn’t abandon her too.”
Ceridwen Preben, princess of Summer, has spent her life plotting against her brother, Simon, the Summerian king. Simon has embraced the ruling family’s reputation for using their conduit to keep their subjects in a state of bliss, and has spent his reign slowly driving Summer into ruin, filling everyone with carelessness and letting them turn a blind eye to Summer’s rampant — and deadly — slave trade. But Ceridwen refuses to let her kingdom disintegrate, and with the help of her fellow rebel-in-arms, Lekan, she hopes to undo Simon’s lethal dealings.
But when Ceridwen uncovers Simon’s deadliest plot yet, she starts to realize just how deep magic runs — and that even though her kingdom is one of sunlight, with light, there always comes shadows.
Kat Mandu says…
I really enjoyed this side of the Summer plot line. Ceridwen’s point of view has always been one of my favorites through the whole trilogy, so I’m glad she got her chance to shine in this novella.
I don’t have too terribly much to say because I truly enjoyed it. The writing is flowy and descriptive, Cerie is as sassy as ever, and the growing threat of something stirring beneath the surface of Summer’s magic is a nice little cliffhanger. As I’ve read the entire series, I know just what that threat is, however, for spoilery purposes, I won’t divulge in too much.
I’m hoping other readers will enjoy this as much as I did. Plus it’s free! So go forth and read!
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