The Shattered Court

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The Shattered Court

Publisher: Roc
ISBN: 978-0451465399
Publication date: 28 April 2014

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  • Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

    The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

    Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

    Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…

  • Publisher’s Weekly “Romance fans will enjoy the growing relationship between Cameron and Sophie, but the story’s real strength lies in the web of intrigue Scott creates around her characters.”

    RT Book Reviews 4 stars “Fans of high fantasy and court politics will enjoy The Shattered Court. Sophie is such a great heroine— readers will like that she’s not the brassy sassy heroine we see often, but rather a lady of her time who grows into a stronger character. The ending gives readers a taste of what’s to come in the next book and will have them anticipating the chess pieces and who will be the next to make a move.”

     

     

  • I will confess that the muse became a tad obsessed with Lorde’s Yellow Flicker Beat for this book, so I definitely listened to that far too many times in the course of writing this book. It’s sort of Sophie’s theme song. You can listen to the playlist for The Shattered Court on Spotify but here are the songs.

    This Is How a Heart Breaks  – Rob Thomas

    Lay All Your Love On Me    – ABBA

    Deathbed And Maelstrom – Bear McCreary

    Problem Girl – Rob Thomas

    Inara’s Suite – Greg Edmonson

    Born Yesterday  – Rob Dougan

    All That I Am   – Rob Thomas

    Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde

    Romeo And Juliet – Indigo Girls

    The Story – Brandi Carlile

    Traveling (feat. Shannon Day) – Illumine

    Virtue – Jesse Cook

    When It Don’t Come Easily – Patty Griffin

    I Want To Come Over – Melissa Etheridge

    Invocation – Adam Hurst

    The Flag  – Barenaked Ladies

    Captured (Live Version)  – Bic Runga

    Skyfall – Adele

    Alive And Brilliant – Deborah Conway

    Escape Artist – Zoë Keating

    Glory and Gore – Lorde

    You and Me – You+Me

    Escaping the Realm – Brian Tyler

    Creep (Glee Cast Version) – Glee Cast

    Radioactive  – Imagine Dragons

    Royals – Lorde

    One and Only – Adele

    Strong – London Grammar