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Chiara & Maris Karys C. M. Karys is the author name of two Italian sisters, Maria Elena and Chiara. Their love of reading and writing started in reading classes with their American teachers in elementary school. As young girls, their love of fantasy was fueled by obsessive Disney marathons and Harry Potter. Now they have added Game of Thrones to that list. When they are not hunched over a notebook jotting down ideas for stories or hiding away in their writing cave surrounded by faeries and dragons, they can be found on Instagram discussing books with their online community. Maria Elena has a B.A. in languages, literatures, and cultures of Europe and the Americas, while Chiara is a student at the University of Naples “L’Orientale.” They currently live in Naples with their family and their dog queen, Kiche.

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Princess Asharaya Myrassar lost everything on the night of the Coup of Fire when the usurper queen, Aerella Argarys, slaughtered the royal family and claimed the throne of the fae kingdom of Ilahara. After seeking refuge on the human continent and leaving her magical past behind, Asharaya takes on a new identity: Shara, an assassin blessed with dark powers.


Prince Derron Argarys owes his royal title to his mother’s coup, and although he has all the status and power one could wish for, he cannot escape the memories of the brutal death of the former prince he once called friend. Now the heir to the throne, Derron must set aside his memories and learn to rule by the Argarys words: show your power, hide your heart.


But when a crone proclaims the last of the dragon-blessed rulers still lives and prophesizes Asharaya’s return to Ilahara, friend and foe alike set out to find her, Derron among them. Yet he discovers in Asharaya not only a cold and beautiful assassin but also the princess he once knew. When the chance to rid his family of the Myrassar threat comes, Derron hesitates in dealing the killing blow, charting a new course that may see Asharaya’s return to Ilahara to face her greatest enemy and her destiny as the last dragon-blessed queen.

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