by S.T. Bende
(Alfheim Academy, #1)
Publication date: October 14th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
A new series from internationally bestselling author S.T. Bende.
Aura Nilssen has spent most of her sixteen years in hiding. As crown princess of Alfheim, her life depends on avoiding the assassins who killed her parents and want to destroy her realm. When hunters corner Aura on Midgard (Earth), she’s immediately evacuated and enrolled at Alfheim Academy—a training ground where telepathic teenagers, daily combat lessons, and communication from beyond is the norm. She attends classes that enhance her energetic abilities, labs that fine tune her mental acuity, and workouts with a supernaturally good looking—and suspiciously evasive—training partner. But it’s what she learns outside the classroom that proves most difficult: as Queen of Alfheim, Aura’s grandmother played a heartbreaking role in the death of Aura’s parents . . . and her iron fisted monarchy is pushing the realm to the brink of extinction. If Aura doesn’t take her grandmother’s crown, the home she’s only just begun to love may be lost forever.
When an unprecedented attack threatens the very heart of Alfheim, Aura has to decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to protect her new home. Her choice may mean the difference between survival and annihilation—not only for Aura, but for the world she’s always been destined to rule.
“Hey. It’ll be okay.” Viggo sat beside me.
“No, it won’t. I am a princess. And a faerie—I am literally a faerie princess. A winged freak who will forever be associated with the tyrant who’s destroying our realm.”
“Maybe.” Viggo tore a piece of fabric from his shirt and pressed it lightly against my back. “But you’re also a winged freak whose bleeding’s slowing down. Either this wasn’t your first time sprouting wings, or you got really lucky.”
“This was lucky?” I croaked. “Wait, why aren’t you freaking out? I have . . .” I lowered my voice to a whisper. “I have wings.” Good gods, I have wings.
“I see you that.” Viggo’s dimple popped. “Wings don’t scare me.”
“Yeah, but . . .”
“But what?” Viggo gave my shoulder a light squeeze, and a warm sensation made its way down to my chest. For reasons I really didn’t want to think about, it was hard to focus with Viggo touching me.
I ignored the heat building around my heart. No way did I want Viggo to think he had any kind of effect on me. Because he didn’t. Right?
Giveaway ends October 24th.
The grand prize is:
- $20 Amazon gift card
Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, S.T. Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (where she became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of McVitie’s cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired her YA Norse fantasy series’ (Viking Academy, Elsker Saga, Ære Saga, and Night War Saga). And her love of a galaxy far, far away inspired her to write children’s books for Star Wars. She hopes her characters make you smile, and she dreams of skiing on Jotunheim and Hoth.