I’ve been following Shelley Wilson via her blog for a number of years now, and I am delighted to be able to introduce her latest book, The Last Princess, which will be out on the 24th of May, published by BHC Press Books, so you have time to order an early copy!
Shelley is a multi-genre author who has written nine young adult/middle-grade supernatural, fantasy, and sword and sorcery novels, a children’s meditation book, and six motivational self-help titles for adults. She lives in the West Midlands, UK and is the proud mum of three. Shelley loves travelling in her VW camper (called Snoopy) searching for stories, and also enjoys paddle boarding, reading about Tudor and Viking history, supporting Leeds United, and obsessing over to-do lists!
So what is The Last Princess about? It is a non-stop epic adventure filled with exciting battles, Vikings, pirates, and characters you can’t help but fall in love with.
Here is The Last Princess blurb:
Edith still has much to learn about the art of ruling a kingdom, but when her family is murdered, she’s faced with the challenge of staying alive.
As a young woman in Anglo-Saxon England, Edith finds it hard to be heard above the Eldermen who are ripping the kingdom to pieces, but nothing can prepare her for the arrival of the pirates and the Vikings. Torn from her homeland and sold into slavery, she’s determined to survive at any cost.
Finding allies in the unexpected and enemies closer to home, Edith clings to her dream of returning home one day to reclaim her throne and to exact revenge on those who harmed her family.
Here’s a sneak peek at the prologue of The Last Princess:
Hundreds of bodies littered the grassland as their lifeblood soaked into the earth. Warriors in mid–battle cry lay facedown in muddy puddles, still clinging to their axe and shield, and the sound of conflict floated across the grey English sky like one of the king’s banners.
In the eyes of the great warriors who had travelled across the sea, the king’s army was outnumbered and weak. These foreigners didn’t shy away from war; they embraced it with determination and passion.
Like a plague, they swept across all England taking what they wanted, killing, and plundering. Nobody was safe from their wrath. Kings and peasants were treated as equals as these warriors from the North defiled the land.
High up on the hilltop, a man sat on his horse watching the battle unfold. His eyes scanned the valley as he witnessed soldier after soldier cut down by the vicious army that advanced on his home. He’d sent all his best men to their deaths. No amount of manipulation, silver, or corruption could stop this curse upon his land.
The crown on his head weighed heavy as he glanced first left then right at the remainder of his army. Young men who stood on the brink of annihilation. The king knew all was lost, he knew the great warriors would never stop, and he knew why.
Deep within the battlefield, at the heart of the fighting, he had seen her. A sword in her hand, blood smeared across her tunic, and warpaint decorating her face. It had been many moons, but he would have recognised her anywhere.
The end of their story was playing out in front of them, but the king wasn’t quite ready to give up just yet. Failure had never been an option.
He sat a little straighter in his saddle and addressed the young army at his side.
‘To the death!’ he cried.
Are you hooked? You have to get this book to find out what happens!
Early Praise for The Last Princess:
“This fast-paced historical novel builds on an obscure Anglo-Saxon king’s life to tell an empowering tale of a girl’s journey to fully embrace a new world, a new culture…as she grows into her own as a warrior. Edith’s fierce and often violent quest for revenge is juxtaposed with lovely, life-affirming moments of friendship and love in an engaging first-person narrative.” – Kirkus Reviews
“I LOVED this quick fantasy read. I can’t wait to share with my students once I get a copy.” – Dawn, Teacher & Goodreads Reviewer
“WOW! I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but this wasn’t it! This story is absolutely amazing.” – Rebecca, Goodreads Reviewer
“a great fast-paced historical fiction read with a pinch of romance and plenty of cut-throats. And Vikings. There were loads of them.” – Eugenia, Goodreads Reviewer
You can buy your copy of The Last Princess from:
At her author website: https://shelleywilsonauthor.com/
At her publisher: https://www.bhcpress.com/Author_SL_Wilson.html
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShelleyWilson72
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson
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