Title: THE RECLAIMED KINGDOM (Syphon #1)
Author: Dana Claire
Pub. Date: February 14, 2021
Publisher: Chamberlain Publishing House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Under the cruel ministrations of its Queen, the Kingdom of D’Land is in peril. With King Harrison away in foreign lands and neighboring Kingdoms unwilling to intervene, there is no one to protect the people from poverty, harsh punishment, and unreasonable rules of law – except for the Band of Brothers. Struggling with the death of her mother and the legendary Syphon powers she inherited, seventeen-year-old Dru wants nothing more than to escape her old life and join the motley crew of ruffians, pilfering from the rich to feed the poor and pay their taxes. She’s able to do just that disguised as a lad, and even when her nature is discovered, nothing changes – except for the way her friend Hawkin treats her. But Dru’s new world is overturned when she and the Brothers seize the treasures of a Prince who threatens to reveal her identity. Together, Dru and her chosen family must find a way to reclaim her destiny and bring balance to the Kingdom. If not, there may be no hope left for anyone.
If you like Robin Hood, Snow White and the Huntsmen, From Blood and Ash, or Graceling, this book is for for you.
Our chests rose and fell as our breath panted in synchronizing beats. He cupped my face, my head heavy in his hand. “I never want to forget you, no matter how agonizing. I would rather suffer for the rest of my days than never to know you at all. No matter how our lives end. Does that make sense?” he asked.
I sat there, speechless. Where was this all coming from? Could I keep this promise? Was it selfish of me not to want to lose him? I guessed that I would eventually have to let go of him. How long could I live a lie before my past would find me? Too many of my own emotions played in my head. I couldn’t keep them straight and felt suffocated by their presence. My own white cloud choked me.
Hawkin kissed me on the forehead, the tip of my nose, and then settled on my mouth one last time. His lips left a moist residue when he drew away.
“If I don’t leave now, I will never leave,” he said as he stood up. The heat in his eyes was enough to warm me during the coldest of winters. “Good night, Dru, Princess of Thieves.”
About Dana Claire:
When author Dana Claire had several poems published as an elementary school student, she was hooked and writing became her passion. A shared dream of hers and her mother’s, she promised her dying mother that she would become a published author and that dream has been realized with The Connection.
Dana believes that a good story is made through strong character development; when readers become attached to the characters’ emotional state and are invested in their objectives. She believes that the beauty of reading is that one can live a hundred lives within the stories of books. Her own stories come to her in her dreams, and she wakes up with book ideas.
Dana’s family is very supportive of her writing and the creativity and sentiment driving it. Enjoying bicoastal living between Los Angeles and New York, Dana says she “lives the best romance in the world being married to the most amazing man she could ever ask for.” The Connection was her debut YA novel, the first volume in the Blood-Light trilogy. The Reclaimed Kingdom is her second novel.