I wrote this book, so yes, I would give it five stars only that doesn't seem the right thing to do. It was awarded the Golden Quill [a competition judged by readers and librarians] for the best Romantic Fantasy of 2015.
As someone who spent much of my life with an undiagnosed learning disability and the frustrated and instinctive knowledge that something was wrong yet I couldn't explain it or change it, I have a deep understanding of young Persephone Fury.
Born with Dark powers she can't control, she must be hidden from Society.
(If word got out that such a thing existed in her family, it might ruin her older sister's prospects for making a good marriage, and the Fury family intends for her sister to make a very good marriage, indeed.)
But these powers that are unilke any in proper Society and in fact, are scorned and feared, are constantly beneath the surface, and primed to erupt with disastrous results if a way isn't found to control them.
The Furys are known for their music, their magic, and their historic role as kingmakers. When Fury ambitions demand a political marriage, Persephone is drugged and presented to Society—
Only to be abducted from the man she loves by the man she loathes.
But devious and ruthless, Persephone must defy ancient prophecy and seize her own fate.
Get swept away into the first book of a dark fantasy series combining swashbuckling adventure, heart-pounding romance, and plot-twisting suspense.
The next book in the triad is being readied for publication now, and I am somewhat like Persephone, brimming over with seething knowledge of what is coming next.
I can't wait.
[Note: My publisher will send a free digital ARC of the next book to anyone who sends me a link to their honest review of This Crumbling Pageant.]