Ash Princess meets Song of the Current in Mara Rutherfords debut YA fantasy Crown of Coral and Pearl , which follows a young woman from a village on the sea who must impersonate her twin on land to save everyone she loves from a tyrannical prince. For generations, the crown princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia.
Nor once dreamed of seeing the mysterious mountain kingdom for herself, but after a childhood accident left her with a scar, she knew her twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the crown prince. Then Zadie is injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place.
She soon discovers her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home. And as she grows closer to Ceren's brother, Prince Talin, Nor learns of a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen...and a plot to destroy her village. To save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules...but discovering her own formidable strength may cost her everything she loves.
YF Children's / Teenage fiction & true stories, YFH Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage), YFN Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), YXL Personal & social issues: self-awareness & self-esteem (Children's / Teenage)