A Sea of Pearls & Leaves by Rosalyn Briar is out now.
Princess Ingrid of Norella Isle does not want to get married. So, her priestess girlfriend, Lilura, devises a wicked plot to deter suitors with a nearly impossible marriage contract: should Ingrid die first, her husband must be buried at sea beside her.
The plan backfires when all seven suitors agree, and the king announces a competition for Ingrid’s hand. Ingrid must keep her head above water as she deals with the suitors, a jealous girlfriend, and the news of two murdered priestesses.
As the suitors are eliminated, one man stands out: the quirky and anxious Prince Soren, who charms both Ingrid and Lilura. When Lilura goes missing, Ingrid and Soren must piece together who has murdered the priestesses and why before it’s too late.
CW: This novel contains violence, sexual situations, and adult language.
This is my second novel by Rosalyn Briar, and I absolutely LOVED it. The dark, twisted fantasy tale was pitched perfect in many ways. First, I love the three protagonists. They were very well developed throughout the entire novel. Second, the worldbuilding and description of Norella are so vivid I won’t soon forget it. I could feel myself being transported there throughout the novel, and even after, when I was thinking about it. Third, the plot of suitors after the Princesses heart interwoven with a mystery murder was amazing because as you know, I love a mystery! Overall, I recommend checking out this book!
Rosalyn Briar is a former teacher who is married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they have built a beautiful life and have two fearless daughters. Rosalyn is obsessed with gothic fairy tales, scary movies, sundresses, traveling, and reading books. She is the published author of The Crown of Bones and A Sea of Pearls & Leaves, both of which are fairy tale retellings. Rosalyn is also the host of #NovelBuilding, a daily Twitter question with monthly themes for fellow writers to connect. When Rosalyn isn’t writing or reading, you can find her playing dress-up with her two princesses or exploring the woods for wildflowers.
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