Princess Katya Nar Umbriel’s uncle Roland rose from the grave, kidnapped her cousin, and stripped her of her greatest weaponher Fiendish power. Without her Fiend, Katya doubts her ability to weather the storm her uncle is brewing. When she lacks what even the children in her family possess, can she even call herself an Umbriel?
In only a short time, Starbride has become the princess consort, a pyradisté, and a member of a secret order in charge of protecting the crown. Even steeped in responsibility, she’s still an outsider. While wading through court intrigue and resisting schemes to break her bond with Katya, Starbride must prepare for a covert war. Roland is waiting, watching, ready for any chink in their armor, and he doesn't care who knows their secrets.
About the Author
Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories when not adding to her enormous book collection or ranting on her blog. Her short fiction has appeared twice in Crossed Genres Magazine and once made Tangent Online's recommended reading list. She is a member of Broad Universe and the Outer Alliance and helped create Writer's Ink in Houston.
She is married, has an army of pets, and lives in Texas. Her writing career can be boiled down to two points: when her mother bought her a typewriter in the sixth grade and when she took second place in the Isaac Asimov Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing in 2004. One gave her the means to write and the other gave her the confidence to keep going. Believing in oneself, in her opinion, is the most important thing a person can do.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Critics often say that the sequel of an original product is the worst volume of a series; they complain about a lack of focus, not enough action, and numerous other things to nitpick about. 'For Want of a Fiend' by Barbara Ann Wright is a shining example of how to properly pen a sequel to one of the best series I've ever read, fantasy or otherwise. The events that began in 'The Pyramid Waltz' are continued in vivid detail; the narration is such that it would seem to a reader that one is in the middle of the action and intrigue in the kingdom of Farraday. The love between Katya and Starbride is tested with intrigue, suspense, plots against the royal family, and numerous secrets in the midst of a tumultuous time. Arrivals and partings abound in this story, wonderful and tragic, sometimes all at once. I feel in good conscience I cannot describe more of the story, in fear of revealing secrets to prospective readers. But 'For Want of A Fiend' is an amazing continuation of what I hope will become a legendary chronicle. And it does what a good sequel should accomplish; answering questions while creating new puzzles, leaving its audience with a desire for more of the story.