1916. For the first time in his life, Prince Killian of Astrocia is dreading the upcoming worldwide Peace Festival. The only heir to the throne, he yearns for an escape from an arranged engagement, and he quickly finds it in the alluring gaze of the mysterious Duke Fedya.
Captivated by the Duke’s secrecy, Killian is willing to do just about anything to escape the restraints of marriage and duty – even make a deal with a fairy. With the gift of an enchanted rose, Killian is determined to forsake his destiny, even at the risk of the ultimate disgrace.
But the disgrace falls upon Duke Fedya as what was once a wish turns into a curse and the darkness can no longer be concealed. As Fedya loses himself more and more to the beast within, Killian seeks to save the man he might just grow to love.
1913. When young and inexperienced witch, Gingerbread, is stripped of her magic by the self-proclaimed Royal Council, she vows to do anything to reclaim it. She sets her sights on Prince Valor, heir to the throne. Not only is he pure of blood, but he is also remarkably handsome – the perfect offering to those who feed on the souls and youth of mortals.
She concocts a plan to lure him to her and trap him with a secret potion. Once in her control, it will be more than easy to offer him as a sacrifice at the annual Witch’s Gala.
Yet as the Gala approaches, Gingerbread begins to realize that without her magic, just how powerless she truly is.
1917. With his 25th birthday on the horizon, Prince Wolfgang knows he is rapidly running out of time to find himself a bride. When Princess Avalon arrives in his kingdom, he is taken aback by her proposal for marriage, and even more so startled by her choice of an engagement gift. A mermaid.
The ocean-bound creature is hauntingly beautiful, even trapped within its cage of glass. Unlike anything he’s ever seen before, Wolfgang is captivated by its chilling stare. Yet before he can accept the Princess’s offer, a terrible storm overtakes the kingdom, nearly destroying his castle in its wake and sending both Prince and mermaid back into the icy depths of the ocean.
When he eventually awakens, Wolfgang finds himself not only transformed but in a world unlike any other. An ancient magic lurks in the darkest parts of the sea, wrought with shattered souls and broken hearts, and it’s been reawakened in the midst of the storm. Far from home, Wolfgang must learn to navigate the waters to seek out a powerful and ancient deity known as the Ocean’s Daughter to restore what was taken from him.
Melchior Belrose has lost faith in his ability as a doctor. There’s blood on his hands he can’t wash away, and the guilt of his failure seeps deeper into his mind every day. Even a mysterious letter from a long-forgotten Empress does little in restoring his faith, even as she seeks his help for her ailing daughter.
The Duchess Cosette has been cursed to remain on a secret island her entire life. She knows nothing of her family or the great power she holds to protect her people. All she knows is a lifetime of sickness awaits her if she leaves. But Melchior has a duty to uphold, cure the Duchess and restore her to her people-even if she doesn’t want it.