It’s about that time again. One month from now, on November 1st, 2016, the second book in the Hearts of Valentia saga drops! I was all set to share a teaser on social media today, but it occurred to me I haven’t shown anyone the cover yet. Seeing as we’re so close to release day, I should probably remedy that, eh? :)
The Hearts of Valentia saga, Volume II
By S. A. Huchton
At nine years old, Polliandra Quicke became the unwitting victim of a powerful spell, binding her to her best friend. Separated by years after Donnel’s sudden disappearance, Polly seeks answers when her kiss destroys two would-be suitors. Forced by circumstance to become a curse breaker for hire, she travels Valentia in search of a way to free herself; to take back her choices and a chance for a normal life.
Led to the Spires of Elonui, Polly appeals to the council of mages, beseeching their help. Their solution: a quest into the heart of territory overrun by Torn Ones, accompanied by a young mage whose eyes hold her captive. Lyre Aven might be the most frustrating person she’s ever met, but he’s her only shot at freedom.
First love can be a curse, but the closer she gets to an unbound life, the more she wonders if the magic that sealed her fate wasn’t a blessing in disguise.
This book is the next installment of the Hearts of Valentia series, taking place a year or so following the events of Tempered Hearts. Polly’s story is very different from the last book, in that monsters and magic permeate her journey at every turn. This volume contains significantly more action, due to the nature of the character and the path she must take, so be prepared for considerably more swords and sorcery than the previous book. This story touches even more on the history of this high fantasy world, as well as what might be in store for the asahan’dril. Please note: this series is not intended to be standalone stories, so you may need to read the first book to fully understand the world so far.
Mostly I can’t wait for you all to meet the characters in this one (and catch up with some familiar faces). I’m pretty darned pleased with how beautifully it plays out. This world is growing, and I have much more in store for you later on down the road. I hope you’ll all stick with me through this journey, as I think it’ll be truly amazing once it’s all said and done.
Happy Teaser Tuesday, and I’ll see you next week with an exclusive sneak peek!