It’s a new month and therefore a fresh start. To kick of October right, I’ve got an excerpt for you from a faerie book I’m immensely excited for: A Princess’s Duty by Sloane Murphy! I can’t wait for October 22nd… Just look at that cover!
About the book
A Princess's Duty
Series: Of Fire and Frost #1
Also in this series: A Princess's Duty
Release date: October 22nd 2018
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Add to TBR: Goodreads
Purchase: iBooks | Kobo
Have you ever wanted to escape? To be the one thing that everyone told you could never be?
All my life I've wanted to escape this place.
The nature of the Seelie court is one I was meant to be born to, but its everything I'm not.
The darkness around me threatens to pull me under when I was so close to everything I ever wanted, and now I have to sacrifice everything. Marry the man I hate to save the one I love.
Being a Princess of the Seelie Court isn't everything its cracked up to be. Especially when Cade Vasara is involved.
There are so many people in here. Royals and social climbers of the Winter Court, I try to see into the edge of the room, cast in shadows, but the light surrounding me blinds me from it. The applause continues as I make my way onto the stage, in front of the table where the Vasara’s sit, with Cade to the left of his father who is just an older, slightly greying version of Cade, and Rowan to the right by his mother. I curtsy as tradition dictates and hold my submissive position until I am released by King Earon’s words.
“Emilia Daarke. What a long time it has been! Maybe this time when you leave here, it will not be in bloody circumstances,” his cruel smile takes up half of his face and I hear the laughter and spattering of applause from his audience behind me. I look to Lanora, whose face is unreadable. Cade sits stoically as if his father has said nothing, but I see Rowan wince slightly from the corner of my eye. I will not be baited, because that it exactly what they want.
“King Earon, it has been a long time. I’m glad the years have been kinder to me than it seems they’ve been to you,” I say sweetly, my insult obvious but I know these people, I grew up with them. Trading insults is nothing more than a game to them. He pauses, and a hush descends across the room, before his laughter belts out, the sound bouncing across the room and I breathe a little easier knowing I’ve started well, and I’m not bleeding yet. Insulting the winter fae is dangerous game. Sometimes they laugh, other times, they’ll kill you where you stand. Blood sport is nothing unusual to them.
Cade stands and circles me, blatantly taking in my form in the corseted dress, which hugs and accentuates every curve I have, trying to demean me without words. I stand and take it, being treated like a piece of meat, as is expected.
“You, Emilia, chose to return here, after your twin brother was slaughtered here at my own hand, and yet, you still wish to marry me and become queen of this court. Is that right?” Cade faces the audience rather than me, everything for their entertainment and to make me feel like less than nothing.
“That is right, but must you really treat me with such disrespect. Someone who could potentially be your future wife, your future queen. Can you not even look at me when you address me?” I don’t see his hand as it reaches out and strikes me across the face, lightning fast, the shock of it knocking me off balance.
“Maybe you are the one who needs to learn some respect, to the future king of this court, and to the man you are hoping to marry. Know your place.” He towers over me, and that’s when I work out his game. He wants us to submit, to show that we are weak and unworthy of him. So I brace myself and stand.
“My place, your highness,” I spit, “is not on my knees, or at your feet.” I stand tall and take him face on. “No queen of your court or mine is a submissive coward. I was not raised to cower before you, but to be the strength and power at your side.”