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The Cruel Prince meets Ash Princess in this thrilling fantasy, the much-anticipated sequel to Crown of Coral and Pearl.
Ever since Nor was forced to go to a nearby kingdom in her sister's place, she's wanted nothing more than to return to the place and people she loves. But when her wish comes true, she soon finds herself cast out from both worlds, with a war on the horizon.
As an old enemy resurfaces more powerful than ever, Nor will have to keep the kingdom from falling apart with the help of Prince Talin and Nor's twin sister, Zadie. There are forces within the world more mysterious than any of them ever guessed-and they'll need to stay alive long enough to conquer them...
"A fabulous interweaving of fantasy, politics, and sisterhood - this unusual, tense tale will have you on the edge of your seat!" -No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce on Crown of Coral and Pearl
For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine...
Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince - while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.
Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home - a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen...and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.
In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.
Seit Generationen heiraten die Prinzen von Ilara das schönste Mädchen der abgelegenen Insel Varenia. Alle Mädchen träumen davon, als Prinzessin Ilaras auserwählt zu werden, auch die siebzehnjährige Nor. Nor glaubt jedoch, dass ihre hübschere Zwillingsschwester Zadie den Kronprinzen heiraten wird, während sie selbst auf der Insel zurückbleiben muss. Als sich Zadie allerdings bei einem Tauchgang im Meer verletzt, wird Nor an ihrer Stelle nach Ilara geschickt. Dort trifft sie nicht nur auf ihren zukünftigen Ehemann, den feindseligen Prinzen Ceren, sondern auch auf dessen charmanten jüngeren Bruder Talin – und entdeckt eine Verschwörung, die ihre Heimatinsel zerstören könnte.