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Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Series: Fate of Eyrinthia Book 4
Release Date: April 21, 2023
A PRINCE fighting to save a princess
A SERJAH torn between duty and desire
A PRINCESS willing to sacrifice everything
A DECOY with nothing to lose
A WORLD about to be torn apart
After his father’s latest punishment, Grayson isn’t at his full strength. Trapped in Ryden and surrounded by enemies, he knows escaping with Mia will be more complicated than anticipated. Tyrell is determined to claim Mia for himself, and Henri’s plans for the rest of Eyrinthia are more horrific than Grayson ever imagined. Despite the increased danger, he and Mia must return to Mortise and warn Desfan of what’s coming—even though it may already be too late.
In Mortise, the palace is still reeling from the brutal attack that left many dead and even more wounded. Regardless of the chaos, Desfan is determined to continue with his coronation. As serjan, he hopes to bring stability to his country and solidify the peace with Devendra. But things in Eyrinthia are always complicated. When Prince Liam reveals they may be facing dangers from old enemies, Desfan will have to decide what kind of ruler he will be.
Devastating news from home has left Clare broken. Despite her heartache, she must once again be Serene’s decoy when a terrifying report sends the princess on an unexpected mission to Zennor. Left at the palace, Clare helps Desfan build trust with the elite in Mortise while guarding a treasonous secret. Because as her grief transforms into a burning desire for vengeance, she is finally ready to embrace a new role—rebel.
Eyrinthia is consumed by uncertainty. Duty. Desire. Sacrifice. Every rebellion has its cost.
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Royal Decoy Blurb:
Clare made a mistake when she saved the princess’s life . . .
In one horrible night, Clare is forced to give up her life as a kitchen maid to become the princess’s decoy. Thrust into a dangerous new world of royals and deadly politics, she must learn how to be the princess’s perfect double to ensure her betrothal to an enemy prince. Desperate to survive, Clare throws herself into self-defense training, taught by her distractingly attractive bodyguard, Bennick. The spark between them is undeniable, though a relationship is forbidden. When a ruthless assassin begins stalking her, it becomes frighteningly clear that some will stop at nothing to end the tenuous peace—and Clare’s life.
Across the northern mountains, Prince Grayson is his father’s ultimate weapon. His name inspires fear in all who hear it, but no one knows his heavily guarded secret. He carries out every brutal order only because his father holds power over the one person he cares about. Grayson’s silent obedience is tested, however, when his father reveals plans to exploit the marriage alliance between two of their greatest enemies. If Grayson submits, the blood of thousands will spill. If he resists, the girl who means everything to him will die.
The fate of Eyrinthia hangs in the balance. Some want peace. Some want war. All will be thrown into chaos.
Royal Decoy is book 1 in the Fate of Eyrinthia YA fantasy romance series told from multiple POVs. If you like swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and non-stop action with epic twists, then you’ll love the captivating world of Eyrinthia.
Heather Frost is a #1 Amazon bestselling author who writes magical stories with breath-stealing romance. She is the author of the Seers trilogy, the Fate of Eyrinthia series, and Esperance. Her books have been Whitney Award and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and re-watch Lord of the Rings. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com.
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Guest Post: Behind the Scenes in Writing Eyrinthia
When I first sat down to write Royal Decoy in 2014, the plot was relatively simple: a peasant girl is forced to become the princess’s decoy. It totally centered around Clare, and her love story with her bodyguard, Bennick. When friends and family asked about my new project, I told them I was super excited because it would be my first standalone book.
Obviously, the fates had other plans.
While I typed merrily away, I had no idea how big this story would become. I knew the Kaelin family existed, and that they were a looming threat to Devendra. But then the youngest prince popped into my head without warning. I’d started on a new chapter, and I immediately realized I wasn’t with Clare or Bennick. In fact, I wasn’t even in Devendra. Suddenly, I was in Ryden, writing from Prince Grayson’s head. My default is to write by discovery, so I just went with it and wrote his first chapter (which still exists mostly intact in Royal Decoy, as chapter 10). In the time it took to write that chapter, I now knew I had a whole new dimension to this story, and it wouldn’t fit in one book.
“Okay, it will be a trilogy,” was the new line I adopted when asked about this Decoy project.
But then Serene revealed she had a lot of secrets, and then I met Desfan, and then Imara . . . The story grew and the characters all had a journey to make. Things were so entwined and worked so perfectly together, I couldn’t ignore any of those main storylines. And so, what started with Royal Decoy became a very solid six-book series.
These characters were so alive, I couldn’t stop writing their stories. I soon had rough drafts of five books, and I was halfway through book 6 when I realized book 1 needed some major revisions before I could try publishing it.
Some fun differences from the first draft to published novel:
- In the original, Clare didn’t work in the castle kitchens. She worked at a tavern in the small town of Camden, which is near the capital. Her father was also still alive. (He was the town drunk.) And she had a little sister in addition to her three brothers. At the end of the day, changing all of this was in the interest of streamlining the story.
- Karim’s name used to be Kaimen. I re-named him (and several other Mortisian characters) because I wanted to make sure the names I chose really fit the culture. For example, Serai Yahri, who is a personal favorite character of mine, used to be an old man named Braithe.
- The Rose originally appeared in book 1, but the book was too long and I needed to push back his entrance to book 2. I think it worked out really well, though, because it allows the plot to focus on him better.
I am completely confident in the changes I made. The books are stronger for it. But every once in a while, there is something I had to cut that I miss. And sometimes, I find a way to work it back into the story.
An example of this will be seen in Royal Rebel, when you meet a flute player named Izac. He used to appear in the first version of Royal Decoy, at the tavern Clare originally worked at. He is a super minor character, so cutting him made complete sense. But for some reason, I really missed him! So, when I had a chance to stick him in a tavern in Ryden, I didn’t hesitate to do just that.
Because my writing is very character-driven, I think another fun way to see the evolution of this story is to look at the characters who have become more than I bargained for.
For example, in the original story, Razan didn’t exist. The hazy outline of her popped into my head while working through a second draft of Royal Spy. It’s Desfan’s fault. He asked Karim if he’d ever tattooed a girl’s name over his heart, and Karim bit back with more force than I expected. I didn’t fully understand who she was then, but while writing Fire & Ash I figured some things out, and I knew she would be one of the new council members we meet in Royal Captive. The rest, as they say, is history.
Yahri is another character that totally took me by surprise. In an early draft, she was an old man named Braithe, so even just on the surface she’s come a long way. But I love her steely backbone and her dry wit. She’s clever, the classy kind of sassy, and she has such a deep loyalty and love for Mortise. She definitely surprised me, and I am particularly touched by the genuine affection she has for Desfan. Even when he’s driving her insane.
Wilf is another who came out of nowhere for me, and he’s become a fan-favorite—as well as a personal favorite. In the beginning I just thought he was a gruff bodyguard that Clare could be nervous around in Royal Decoy. He’s obviously become so much more, and I think in large part it’s because of the unlikely friendship he develops with Clare. He also became a stronger father-figure to Bennick than I’d first imagined, even though Bennick told me as much in book 1. It just becomes more clear as the series unfolds.
Tyrell. In the first draft of this series, Tyrell barely shared any hint of humanity until about book 6. In the published version, we start seeing that humanity in book 2. That shifted a lot of character and story dynamics, and it’s been an interesting thing for me to tackle as a writer.
Writing this series has taught be a lot of things, but one of the greatest lessons has been to listen to my characters, and be willing to change my own plans for the benefit of the story. And I’m thrilled to know that readers love this world, and these characters, because that means I did what I set out to do.
I really enjoyed this book very much. That doesn’t really shock me though. I’ve enjoyed this series! Please read this series in order. Also, these books have cliffhangers! I can NOT wait until book five!!!