Author(s): Amy Alward
Samantha may be falling for the beloved of the princess she is sent to save in this start to a "charming and humorous" (Kirkus Reviews) romantic trilogy.
"Inventive, romantic, and downright delightful." --Sarah J. Mass, author of Throne of Glass
When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.
Enter Samantha Kemi--an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam's family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they've fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? And just how close is she willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing enemy, in the meantime.
Just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.
No big deal, then.
You can smell a popular series in the making (ha ha!). A charming mix of magic, adventure and crushes. Samantha Kemi is the courageous and likeable hero of the hour who learns the value of friendship as she sets out to repair her family's honour and save a Princess.
Amy Alward is a Canadian author living in London, fitting her writing around her work as editorial director at a leading children's publisher. In 2013, she was listed as one of The Bookseller's Rising Stars. Her debut fantasy adventure novel, The Oathbreaker's Shadow, was published in 2013 under the name Amy McCulloch and was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award for best UK debut children's book in 2014.