The Spirit Child

The Seven Realms of Ar'rothi Series, Book 1

By Alison Naomi Holt

For all the women who wanted to be the warrior instead of the damsel in distress…

A year ago, Duchess Aurelia “Bree” Makenna lost her wife to the plague, sending her reeling into the depths of despair. Beloved cousin to the king, third in line for the Anacafrian throne, and hero to knights and foot soldiers alike, this extraordinary woman loses the will to live.

Lost in her grief, she stumbles on a trader selling an orphan he trapped in the woods. Unwilling to see the child sold into sexual slavery, Bree buys her, not realizing the monumental changes one decision will bring to her future.

Rich in characters you cheer for and adventure that keeps you turning the page. Epic fantasy full of lady knights who lead warriors into battle and Animal Spirit Guides who entertain with snatches of wit and wisdom. If you’re looking for exquisite character work, a tightly woven plot, and a heart lifting sigh at the end, then join other readers who anxiously run to the next book in the series.

• Bree—a warrior who, in times of need, serves her king on the battlefields of Anacafria.

• Katie—The Spirit Child, a nine-year-old orphan with a frightening power she must learn to yield with a warrior’s skills and the spiritual understanding of a saint.

• Becca and Nashotah—lesbian lovers, healers, and warriors who straddle two cultures while struggling to help the duchess and Katie trust each other’s strengths and understand their weaknesses.

With its rich world-building, complex characters, and captivating storytelling, this series has won the Lesfic Bard Award for Fantasy Fiction twice over.

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