My new fantasy novel, Long May She Reign, is out in the world!
Here's the official summary:
The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.
Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of the court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.
She may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, she knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom—and her life.
Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisers. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her but also wanted more power for himself.
As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.
And here's my less official summary. Long May She Reign is a murder mystery set in a fantasy world with a science nerd for a protagonist. It's full of court drama and schemes, with Freya using her science skills and experiments to help her figure out how to survive this strange and dangerous new world. It's also a story of best friends, of discovering the value of all different kinds of strength, of social anxiety and depression, of the flaws of thinking "not like other girls," and, most importantly, of really cute fluffy cats.
If you're interested in learning more about the book, I wrote a post on HarperStacks about the science of Long May She Reign, and I have a post going up on my personal blog later today about the weird mishmash of things that inspired the book, from phantasmagoria to The Great British Bakeoff.
If you'd like to check it out, you can find all the links here. And if you do pick it up, I hope you enjoy it. <3