Rose Shadow

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Seventeen-year-old-Violet’s life is shrouded in secrets. She knows nothing of the world beyond the isolated wood she shares with her overprotective Grandmother. She doesn’t even know her grandmother’s real name. She doesn’t know what happened to her parents, or even their names. She doesn’t know her own last name, or why she can see things no one else can. Violet longs to know the answers about herself, but she encounters only more questions when she is summoned to the royal court by the imperious Countess Is’aura. Is’aura claims to have been a friend of Violet’s mother, merely fulfilling a promise to offer Violet the life of a noble and to train her budding magical abilities. Yet Isaura’s motives may be more sinister. Violet sees firsthand that rebellion is growing in the country of Gaerdon as the Countess spends more time away from court, practicing dark magic in the wild forests, while the nearby kingdom of Neventhrall applies ever more pressure to the citizens of Gaerdon, spreading anti-magic propaganda and seeking excuses for war.

Escorting Violet to court is Raven, son of the former Count who was deposed and disgraced by the Countess eight years ago. Raven warns Violet that the Countess’ true intention is to teach Violet magic for the purpose of enhancing her own power. But Violet isn’t about to be used, and she isn’t about to accept the Countess’ brutality. Her journey to court taught her too much. She’s seen the world outside the walls of Gaerdon House, the sprawling manor which becomes her new home; she’s seen the starving children, the desperate outlaws, the people oppressed by the Countess’ rule, and she vows to help them, no matter the cost. Raven is with her, but when he is made to choose between remaining with Violet at Gaerdon House and doing the right thing for the people of Gaerdon, Violet is left alone and decimated. The Countess forces her to wield ancient magic through an elaborate tapestry, woven from Violet’s own memories, abilities and will. Finding the truth about herself may cost Violet everything she is.

Featuring a kick-ass heroine of a different, stubbornly kindhearted sort, Rose Shadow is an 82,301 word YA Fantasy novel with wide crossover appeal, which follows Violet’s struggle to find the truth and stand up for her beliefs in a world of secrets, lies and magic.

– That’s the (every-changing) query letter for my novel. The title Rose Shadow comes from a complex magic possessed by white roses that grow in a hidden garden at Gaerdon House. The roses cast a white shadow that illuminates the dense, magical forests that surround the kingdom, affording the one who holds the rose some protection from the overwhelming magic.

I’ve been working on this series for many years and am currently in the polish-and-query stage.

The image is the gorgeous cover I commissioned from artist Tsyplakova Alla.

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4 responses to “Rose Shadow

  • David Meredith

    My name is David Meredith and I very recently came across your book blog. I have just released a novel – The Reflections of Queen Snow White – on Amazon.com in the Kindle Store this past October and would be happy to send you a complimentary copy if you would be interested in reviewing it. I have included the dust cover synopsis below. If you are interested, just reply to this e-mail and I will happily send you your free copy right away. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response!

    What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

    On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:
    The king is dead.
    The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.
    It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?
    Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.
    Available on Amazon here:
    http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Queen-Snow-White-ebook/dp/B00FLF4JAG/
    Feel free to check out my Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/DavidMeredithWriting
    Or my web page!
    http://davidmeredithwriting.com
    Goodreads:
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18780192-the-reflections-of-queen-snow-white?ac=1
    Rising Shadow Reviews:
    http://www.risingshadow.net/library?action=book&book_id=44449
    Twitter: @davidmeredith2013
    I’m also on Linked-In!

    • Rain Jeys

      Thank you for the comment and for looking at my blog. I appreciate your offer, and your story sounds intriguing, but I don’t really read e-books. Sorry! I wish you much luck with your book!

  • Makaela

    Umm, I love this. I would definitely read it! I am an inexperienced reader. I only just found my love for reading in the past few years. So I haven’t had a chance to read many fantasy/magic books. But, I love witches; witches as individuals especially. This sounds like you have a strong female lead and a very complex world of magic. I would love to read more.

    • Rain Jeys

      Eeep! Really!? That makes me so happy! I used to read a lot when I was a kid and then for a few years I didn’t do it so much. Now I am trying to make up for lost time. 🙂 But I’ve always written. I’ve been working on this book and the others in the series for years. I think it’s finally coming together how I want it. Hopefully I’ll snag a publisher and you and other people can read it soon. 😀

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