"The true power of magic is not to send random objects careening off across the room. The true power of magic is to make ordinary people bow." In Arilloa, the royal family uses their magic to win the respect of the ordinary populace. But Leonie, a princess and second in line to the throne, has a terrible secret: she's barely magic at all. The only person to ever find out her secret is Armand, a boy training to become a Knifecloak, one of the elite castle guards. Leonie's younger brother Hiss, on the other hand, is a child prodigy with greater powers than anyone else in the family, capable of creating monsters out of thin air. One day Hiss goes missing and resurfaces at the head of a rebellion, using his powers to strike against the country and the crown. Monsters against soldiers, magic against normality. Leonie and Armand must find Hiss and stop him while the monster-driven war rages around them.
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I've wanted to be an author for as far back as I can remember. As a little kid, before I even knew how to write, I drew picture books. When I was eight years old my books became novellas. When I was twelve they became novels. As an adult I sold my first book to a traditional publishing house under a different name. Now I'm self-publishing for the first time.
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