WATTYS 2022 SHORTLIST In a realm where nobody knows who to trust, the one constant in Lyrani Esch's life is her job as an agent for the Elven Council of Irylen Secret Intelligence (ECISI). It's easy enough to ignore the rumours about the villainy of the elf king Nash. People call it "The Curse of the Crown", but it's all hearsay. At least until Lyrani is assigned a mission to confront it. Her objectives are simple - get into Vlitavia Palace, gather intelligence on King Nash's operations, kill him and get out. But assignments are never as easy as they sound, and the stars are against Lyrani from the start. Vlitavia Palace is layered with secrets, the most intriguing of which is a honey-eyed king at war with himself. Nash is a man with a soul of stardust and blood on his hands. Lyrani doesn't know which is the real king, and the mystery only draws her towards him. The deeper Lyrani delves into Nash's present, the more she learns of her past. With her startling discoveries comes the realisation that she must free Nash from his vicious trap or forfeit the realm and both their lives in the name of the curse. Because destinies entwined are never easily separated. *** Cover by @Ardenwillcraft *** Featured on: @action "Fantasy in Action" @Alt-U "42 Isn't the Answer Everywhere" @antiheroesgalore "Monstrously Fantastic" @BadassReads "The Royals" @crime "Policing the Paranormal" @dangerouslove "Bad Girls" @Fantasy "High Fantasy" @highfantasy "WONDERLAND | Wondrous Worlds" @magic "A Magical Journey" @Paranormal "Signs and Sigils" @SpeculativeFiction "More Than The Eye Can See" @StoriesUndiscovered "Into the Abyss" (March 2022) @Wattcliches "Enough Reality Today" @WattpadDarkFantasy "A Kingdom In Shadows"