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A tale of forbidden romance, adventure, and unprecedented betrayal awaits you in The Royal Rogue. Let your heart pound to the rhythm of clashing swords and thundering hooves in this adrenaline-fueled adventure.
Set within the fabled city of Nevaharday, the story begins with Jaycent Connor, a reluctant prince who refuses to assume his father’s title after a mysterious illness took his parents lives. The lords of the land couldn’t sway the prince to ascend the throne and assume his rightful place as ruler. The harder they tried, the farther the prince seemed to drift into a realm of apathy and solitude.
Then the nightmares began. Terrible, brutal dreams that crossed the threshold into reality as the prince found himself waking up to wounds he had sustained in his sleep. Rest became impossible as the life of Nevaharday’s only heir teetered in the balance.
Healers were baffled, their remedies useless, so Prince Jaycent took matters into his own hands. He sought the help of an outlawed band of horse folk known as “gypsies”. Particularly, a green-eyed beauty named Levee Tensley.
Together they unravel the truth. The prince was never ill. Neither were his parents. It all led back the magic and lies of an illusionist bent on seizing his kingdom and extinguishing the Connor line.
However, the more they uncover, the more they wonder: can they stop him?
Or are their efforts too little, too late?
It’s been eighteen years since Shadow Silverhorn conquered Nevaharday and claimed its throne. Renaming the kingdom Velagray, he turned the once thriving city into a militaristic prison that’s snuffing out what few freedoms the horse-centric race called “rahee” have left.
Poor, terrorized, and miserable, the rahee yearn for their former prince who died while defending the throne, or so they thought. The truth is their beloved royal has been living under the alias of a rogue named Jaspur Clovenhoof.
Moving freely under his false identity, Jaspur has been secretly collaborating with a legendary tribe known as the re’shahna to find a way to unseat his usurper, but it’s a strained effort. Laden with guilt over the failures that led to his kingdom’s downfall, the rogue suffers from nightmares spurred by his mistakes until allies wonder whether he’s still capable of becoming the savior they need.
Yet not all of his haunting reminders are just memories. When Jaspur stumbles upon an old, familiar journal, he finds that one ghost in his dreams—his cousin, Rayhan—is real. Rayhan reaches out to Jaspur through visions from beyond the grave in attempt to remind him of the teachings he once held dear, but the rogue is stubborn. He continues to choose anger over forgiveness until it seems his guilt will consume him.
It isn’t until a gypsy named Melah is marked as a target that the rogue finds the purpose he needs to come out of hiding. With her magical talents in King Shadow’s hands, Jaspur realizes he must let go of the past and find the courage to be his people’s hero once again, whether he’s ready or not.
- He comes.
- The prince comes.
- The throne you stole shall be reclaimed.
- From the height you have risen, you shall fall.
As Shadow Silverhorn rises to the peak of his strength, he also finds himself at the end of his curse. No amount of gold, magic, or will can stop his slow descent into madness. Every day more voices belonging to the victims he killed fill his head, taunting him with warnings of his own demise.
The healers claim they’re just hallucinations; an audible embodiment of his inner doubts and fears. Yet Shadow’s paranoia is only fed by the whispers in his mind, especially when rumors of the prince he thought was dead start to surface in the city below his castle.
Try as he might, Shadow fails to find any evidence that Jaycent Connor lives, yet his subjects start to find hope in the possibility. They grow bold, rebelling just enough to make Shadow realize he has an uprising on his hands.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Shadow, the royal rogue and his companions put together the final pieces of their plan, garnering an alliance that will give them the strength to come knocking on Shadow’s door. Finally, someone will challenge the tyrant’s rule. When that happens, who will remain to sit upon the silver throne?
Will it be Shadow?
The royal rogue?
Or someone else entirely?
Discover the answer as this final installment in The Rogue Trilogy brings its hero home for one final, teeth-gritting battle.
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