Promising Light by Emily Ann Ward
An NA Fantasy for fans of Graceling, Shadow & Bone, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Grace began a secret courtship with Dar for the thrill of doing something against her father, the king’s general. She hadn’t planned on falling in love with him. When Dar suddenly leaves her, she searches for answers, reluctant to let him go.
Everyone seems determined to keep the truth from her—until she’s kidnapped by Dar’s family. They’re shape changers who claim she can break a curse set on them ten years ago by the Protectors, a group of noblemen determined to stifle magic in the name of safety.
Torn between two worlds, Grace isn’t sure who to trust. If the curse endures, Dar’s family could die out forever. But to help them, she’ll have to leave behind everything she knows.
** BEWARE OF SPOILERS FOR PROMISING LIGHT BELOW **
Promising Hope by Emily Ann Ward
In this sequel to Promising Light, the war is just beginning, and no war is without casualties.
The curse is broken, but the war isn’t over. Grace is under the spell of a love potion, torn between her obsessive love for the prince and her calling to protect Dar and the shape changers. Though Dar wants nothing more than her freedom, he’s being held as a prisoner in the palace and watched at every turn. Miles away, Sierra is the reluctant savior of the shape changers as she tries to keep Evan alive in his lust for blood.
Grace and Dar struggle to make the political alliances needed to bring the shape changers back home while dealing with new doses of the love potion. But the king sides with the Protectors, who are willing to do anything to keep the magic away, even controlling the kingdom. When the man who cursed the shape changers ten years ago reappears at the castle, the Avialies abandon their attempts at peace in order to keep their family’s future secure. The consequences of their actions catapult a sequence of events that threatens Grace, Sierra, and the Avialies in ways they could have never prepared for.
Promising Power by Emily Ann Ward
The romance, the adventure, and the magic all culminate in this final book in the Protectors series.
When Grace escaped the castle and killed one of the most powerful Protectors, she knew a war was coming. She had no idea others wouldn’t want her to be a part of it. Her parents are trying to protect her, the elders refuse to trust her with her family so close, and some even blame her for the prince’s actions. Even as her powers evolve and as Sierra manifests her magic for the first time, the two of them are cast out of the fight.
Grace knows the answers about their new magic lies in the ancient texts, but they were hidden by the elders. A desperate effort to find them is foiled by another looking for the texts–Kilar. As he turns ally after ally against the Avialies in his quest to gain magic for himself, Grace and her friends are forced to find him to thwart his plans. If Kilar finds what he’s looking for, he could be too powerful to stop. Grace, Dar, and Sierra face their biggest foe yet–and they may lose too much in the battle to persevere.