Book 1: Rituals of Blood and Power

Lady Annabelle of House Alyssenne needs to restore her family prestige in order to quickly finds allies powerful enough to protect her from death threats. Now that she can take back the family seat in the imperial senate, she thinks it will be easy. But the imperial nobility has learnt to function without House Alyssenne to guide them. Even the Alyssennes’ unique magical crafts are not as values as they once were. What’s more, the Dark Lord Véridice Lyrienne who murdered her parents is now out to get her.   Surrounded by enemies, Annabelle has no choice but to initiate traditional Courtship Rituals: a series of social events during which male and female suitors will have to show off their magic to win her hand. This is the perfect ploy to buy enough time to form alliances. Yet, now Annabelle also has to juggle with insulting courtship offers from both Light and Dark mages. This includes Lord Véridice Lyrienne in person, a man she finds as fascinating as he is terrifying. But Annabelle soon realises that she may not be able to find anyone powerful – and willing - enough to defend her from all her enemies, and that the Dark and Light divide is not as clear-cut as she has been taught.   This is an adult fantasy novel with a strong romance subplot and will appeal to reader of Feist’s Daughter of the Empire and fan of the enemies-to-lover romance trope.   This book is not available yet.    
  Articles associated with this story:   The plot is centred around Courtship Rituals.   The main character is Lady Annabelle Alyssenne.

Lady Annabelle Alyssenne by AmélieIS with Artbreeder

  Other important characters are:  

Lord Véridice Lyrienne by AmélieIS with Artbreeder

Lord Xénophène Ylucianie by AmélieIS with Artbreeder

Heir Jérôme Zériesse by AmélieIs with Artbreeder

Heiress Madeleine Veinianie by AmélieIS with Artbreeder


Heir Isidore Kolinesse by AmélieIS with Artbreeder

Heir Clarence Drissenne by AmélieIS with Artbreeder

  • Sieur Adrien Nolane, one of Annabelle's advisors
  • Sieur Adrien Nolane by AmélieIS with Artbreeder

    Goodwoman Béatrice Watron by AmélieIs with Artbreeder

    Sieur Laurent Emorie by AmélieIS with Artbreeder

    Cover image: A book by Pixabay


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