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Friday, August 25, 2023

Crown and Serpent: A Fate of Eyrinthia Novella By Heather Frost-YA Fantasy Book Review & Excerpt

Book Summary
All she wanted . . .

Seventeen-year-old Iris Winn loves her quiet life with her father, studying the poisons that fascinate them both. But after his sudden death, Iris is now the ward of her estranged aunt and uncle. In order to claim her inheritance, she must live in the capital city of Lenzen for one year. While there, she must attend parties, balls, and participate in every other vapid thing the elite of Ryden value. Iris doesn’t care about learning their rules or joining their ranks–her only goal is to endure the next year. Then she meets Prince Henri Kaelin.

Everything they demanded . . .

Every young woman in Lenzen wants Henri–except for Iris. Unfortunately, the prince only has eyes for her. The king has decreed that Henri must choose a bride before his birthday, and Iris is determined it won’t be her. Dodging a prince’s focused attention while placating her relatives and the rest of Ryden’s high society is exhausting–and more dangerous than Iris could have ever imagined. She is about to learn that not all games are innocent, and some smiles are more lethal than poison. Luckily, Iris is a quick study, and this is a game she is determined to win.

She would take it all.
Book Details
Series: Fate of Eyrinthia
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance
Publisher: Indie
Publication date: August 25, 2023 
Number of pages: 244

****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

My Review

Crown and Serpent is a prequel novella in the Fate of Eyrinthia Series. This series has been so good. When I heard what this novella was about I was so intrigued. This time we get to read the story of the evil King Henri and his equally evil wife Queen Iris. 
The biggest surprise for readers is finding out at their first meeting neither of them was seriously heinous. Experiences in their lives eventually headed them in that direction. I actually was charmed by both of them and loved their witty banter. This is not to say I like them and they're horrible at what they do in the other novels. But I had a new understanding of how life sometimes shapes us in ways that we have no control over.
This novella must be read by all Fate of Eyrinthia fans. Getting this insight into the character's early lives made me look at many things differently. This novella is not a happy one, and there are some deaths by poison but it was another great read by Heather Frost.

****Meet Author Heather Frost****

Heather Frost is a #1 Amazon bestselling author who writes magical stories with breath-stealing romance. She is the author of the Seers trilogy, the Fate of Eyrinthia series, and Esperance. Her books have been Whitney Award and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and re-watch Lord of the Rings. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website:

~~~~~~Excerpt from Crown and Serpent~~~~~~

“Tell me what you love most in the world.”

Iris stared at Henri. She didn’t understand his captivation with her, but they were stuck together for the rest of this dance. She couldn’t very well ignore him. 

She could try to dissuade his attention, though.

She smiled a bit thinly. “I love poison.”

Henri blinked, though he was skilled enough at dancing that he didn’t miss a step. “Poison?”

“Yes.” Her head tipped to the side. “Don’t you think poison is interesting?”

“I’ve never really thought about it, to be honest.”

“It’s my favorite area of study.”


Challenge was in his voice, and Iris’s spine straightened as she rose to it. “Did you know there’s a toad in Zennor that secretes a venom that can paralyze every muscle in a man’s body? It’s absorbed through the skin, so there’s not even a need to pierce the flesh. And did you know there’s a berry in Devendra so poisonous, it can kill a person mere seconds after eating it? There’s a root in Mortise that can be ground up and dried, and added to tea—and it will boil your insides. There’s even a powder that can burn you. No flames—just a harmless-looking white powder. There are potions that will make a person sleep, and others that will keep a person awake. Some things can even force a person to tell the truth—whether they want to or not. It’s endlessly thrilling to experiment with what nature offers. Perfecting it, and making it your own . . . It’s my ultimate passion.”

Henri stared at her, his expression impossible to read.

Iris’s cheeks warmed under his scrutiny. “What?”

“You’ve convinced me,” he said. “Poison is utterly fascinating.”

They still moved together to the sound of the stringed music, dancing on the floor with the other couples. But having his focus solely on her, Iris felt like they were completely alone.

“How did you come to know so much about poison?” Henri asked.

“It was my father’s passion. I joined him in his research, and it eventually became mine as well. I’ve learned much from books and experimentation.”

His forehead creased. “That sounds dangerous.”

“It can be, if you’re not paying attention. But there’s an order to things. An expected reaction. It’s exhilarating when you find the right blend or the proper dilution . . .” She trailed off.

Henri was smiling. “Utterly fascinating,” he repeated. This time, she didn’t think he was talking about poison.

Her face felt even more flushed than before. Almost feverish. Fates, what was wrong with her?

The sound of applause made her jolt. The song had ended.

She attempted to pull away, but Henri held her fast.

“Unfortunately, I must dance with several other ladies tonight,” Henri said. “But are you free tomorrow afternoon?”

Her breathing came out a little strained. “Your Highness, I don’t think you should spend any more of your time with me.”

“Are you free tomorrow afternoon?” he repeated, unruffled.

Across the floor, all the couples had broken apart—except for them. She could feel people staring.

That uncomfortable flush wound down her neck, heating all her skin. “Fine,” she said through her teeth.

The corner of his mouth lifted. “You’re free, then?”

“Yes. As long as you let me go.” She tugged at her hand, which he still clasped.

Henri smiled. “For now.” He lifted her hand and brushed his lips against the back of it.

Her skin tingled from the unexpected kiss, and her heart stuttered in her chest. 

The prince seemed wholly unaffected as he released her hand and inclined his head, his lips quirked and his eyes glittering as he said, “Until tomorrow afternoon, Lady Iris.”

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