The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.
Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.
She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works.
Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary.
Her first novel, BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, first in a YA historical fantasy trilogy, debuts Spring 2017 from Knopf/Random House.
PLEASE WELCOME ROSALYN TO BOOKHOUNDS YA
1. What is on your nightstand?
Books—so many books I’m afraid the plywood will collapse soon. Also, a lamp (for reading said books) and a bunch of pens.
2. What author would you totally fan?
Well, I’ve already embarrassed myself fangirling in front of Leigh Bardugo. Does that count? I’d also love to meet Robin McKinley, who was the first female fantasy author I read.
3. What makes you cringe?
Unkindness. Also, when people say or tweet stupid things in public, with no awareness that they’ve said or done something stupid. I get embarrassed for them. Which basically means lately I cringe every time I read the news.
4. Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Somewhere in the middle. I like to use Dan Well’s 7 point plot, so I know what the major turning points are in a story before I write, but I don’t know all the details of how I’m going to get from one point to the next. This lets me have some of the fun of discovery writing without getting so lost in my story that I have to start over.
5. Is there a word you love to use?
My new favorite word is petrichor—that wet earth smell you get after rain. I think it captures the smell so perfectly, plus it’s fun to say.
Gabby, Ella, and Nicki helping me write
Oh, they are cute! I don’t have any pets right now. I do, however, have three children—here’s a picture of my youngest.
3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, US Only.