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An epic coming-of-age drama starring a kick-ass anti-princess who knows how to wield a sword

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.


A dark, gritty, and seriously badass epic that will have you dying for more . . . required reading for every feminist fantasy fan


Epic and intense . . . fans of dark history [will be] hooked from the outset. Think Game of Thrones transported to the Ottoman Empire


It's delicious


Fierce and dark . . . A superb offering


Lada – so ugly and mean that readers will adore her – stubbornly rejects gender roles . . . and the characters . . . benefit from complex motivations and an unconventional love triangle. Addictive intrigue


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    June 28, 2016

    Corgi Childrens

    496 pages

    RRP $21.00

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  • Audio CD


    July 15, 2016

    Audio RH USA

    RRP $90.00

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  • EBook


    July 7, 2016

    RHCP Digital

    496 pages

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    • Amazon Kindle
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