Jeweled Fire (An Elemental Blessings Novel)
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The national bestselling author of Troubled Waters and Royal Airs returns to her Elemental Blessings series with the story of a young princess who will need more than blessings to survive in a kingdom where everyone will do whatever it takes to claim the throne…
As one of the four princesses of Welce, Corene always thought she might one day become queen. Only circumstances changed, leaving fiery Corene with nothing to show for a life spent playing the game of court intrigue—until a chance arises to become the ruler of a nearby country.
After stowing away on a ship bound for Malinqua with her loyal bodyguard, Foley, Corene must try to win the throne by making a play to marry one of the empress’s three nephews. But Corene is not the only foreign princess in search of a crown.
Unaccustomed to being anyone’s friend, Corene is surprised to find companionship among her fellow competitors. But behind Malinqua’s beautiful facade lie many secrets.
The visiting princesses are more hostages than guests. And as the deadly nature of the court is revealed, Corene must rely on both her new allies and Foley’s unwavering protection—for the game she has entered is far more perilous than she ever imagined…
doesn’t like zeezin and Teyta wouldn’t eat it and I don’t know about Foley. But I’m pretty sure that’s what made us sick.” Corene crammed the last of a roll in her mouth and grinned. “I saw Lorian helping you into the palace with his own two hands,” she said. “He didn’t even seem to worry that you might throw up on him.” Liramelli smiled faintly. “I’ve always been his favorite. Unless Greggorio’s in the room, and then Greggorio is his favorite. He always knew we were sneaking around the palace,
soldier had to poke his face through the trapdoor to the platform, and only one man at a time could make it through. It wasn’t much of an advantage, but it was the only one she had. She could hear them now—louder, closer—footsteps clambering up the stairs. She stood tense, frozen, listening, trying to gauge by the echoes how many soldiers were ascending, how far they had made it up the spiral. Two, she thought; halfway—more than halfway. She unwound the spangled scarf she had stolen from the
too vibrant, too intense, full of its own shivering shadows— “Oh no,” she whispered. She yanked herself upright and ran to the trapdoor, falling to her knees and thrusting her face through. Heat and color soared up at her, decorated with bits of ash and the smell of roasting wood. The stairwell was in flames. TWENTY-FIVE Corene pushed herself to her feet and backed away from the trapdoor as if it were a rabid animal that had suddenly focused its mad eyes on her. This was her fault. She had
briefest of smiles. “Seriously, I think there is a danger here at the palace. But I think the danger is greater outside its walls.” She slanted a sideways look at him. “Is it time to write my father and beg for rescue?” “You could, but Leah assures me she has already sent messages to Chialto. I would imagine half of the Welchin navy will be on hand within two ninedays.” “I can leave then, I suppose.” “I think you won’t have much choice.” Back in her father’s hands, under her father’s
a husband. I’ll know I won’t have to stay. I’ll know I can count on you.” “Always,” he said. “There haven’t been too many other people I could always count on.” “There haven’t been too many other people I’ve made promises to.” “Then I’m even more grateful.” There was more to say—there had to be, though Corene couldn’t think of a single word—and anyway, Foley didn’t stick around to hear what she might come up with when she finally organized her thoughts. He just nodded once, very