In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .
A princess rejected and hunted by her mother, and a prince who lives as a shunned outcast.
Princess Pearl flees for her life after her mother, Queen Margery, tries to have her killed during a hunting expedition. Pearl finds refuge on the Isle of Outcasts among criminals and misfits, disguising her face with a veil so no one recognizes her. She lives for the day when she can return to Warwick and rescue her sister, Ruby, from the queen’s clutches.
Amidst his royal testing on the Isle of Outcasts, Prince Mikkel of Scania has kept his identity a secret. Captured by a warring band of outcasts and condemned to die, he finds himself making friends with an intriguing but feisty young veiled woman. Intending to win her trust and gain her help to escape, he soon finds himself coerced to wed her.
Mikkel reluctantly agrees to the union to save his life, and Pearl hopes the marriage will provide protection for her and Ruby. But the queen is more determined to kill her daughter than either Pearl or Mikkel realizes and has a sinister reason neither expects—one that could rip their new love apart forever.
The real Snow White story.
The Fairest Maidens
Book 1: Beholden
Book 2: Beguiled (Oct 2020)
Book 3: Besotted (Nov 2020)
Other YA books by Jody Hedlund:
The Lost Princesses
Prequel Novella: Always
Book 1: Evermore
Book 2: Foremost
Book 3: Hereafter
The Noble Knights
Prequel Novella: The Vow
Book 1: An Uncertain Choice
Book 2: A Daring Sacrifice
Book 3: For Love and Honor
Book 4: A Loyal Heart
Book 5: A Worthy Rebel
For a complete list of Jody’s novels, visit her Amazon page or website – jodyhedlund.com
‘Something in the air bodes of evil.’
I love the medieval time period. It’s one of my all time favorite settings. Jody Hedlund has set several series here and they are all super good. The Fairest Maidens tells the stories of three princesses, based on three well known fairy tales, only better! Three brother princes are completing their Testing to determine which should be king of one kingdom, while three princesses are trying to escape the evil clutches of the despicable Queen Margery.
I read this book in just a few hours because of it’s ability to hold my interest without wavering. Though Hedlund’s genre here is YA, I found these books completely compelling for adults. I absolutely can’t wait to find out what happens in # 3! Because a reckoning is definitely coming. Highly recommended.
*My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. The opinion here is my own.
Publisher: Northern Lights Press
Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Length: 200 pages