Beyond the Ruby Veil
A dark, queer YA fantasy that’s perfect for fans of the Three Dark Crowns series. After Emanuela Ragno kills the one person in Occhia who can create water, she must find a way to save her city from dying of thirst.
Emanuela Ragno always gets what she wants. With her daring mind and socialite schemes, she refuses to be the demure young lady everyone wants her to be. In her most ambitious move yet, she’s about to marry Alessandro Morandi, her childhood best friend and the heir to the wealthiest house in Occhia. Emanuela doesn’t care that she and her groom are both gay, because she doesn’t want a love match. She wants power, and through Ale, she’ll have it all.
But Emanuela has a secret that could shatter her plans. In the city of Occhia, the only source of water is the watercrea, a mysterious being who uses magic to make water from blood. When their first bruise-like omen appears on their skin, all Occhians must surrender themselves to the watercrea to be drained of life. Everyone throughout history has given themselves up for the greater good. Everyone except Emanuela. She’s kept the tiny omen on her hip out of sight for years.
When the watercrea exposes Emanuela during her wedding ceremony and takes her to be sacrificed, Emanuela fights back … and kills her. Now Occhia has no one to make their water and no idea how to get more. In a race against time, Emanuela and Ale must travel through the mysterious, blood-red veil that surrounds their city to uncover the secrets of the watercrea’s magic and find a way to save their people — no matter what it takes.
Into the Midnight Void
Fans of Holly Black and Kendare Blake will obsess over the conclusion to this deliciously dark YA fantasy duology!
Emanuela has finally gotten what she’s always wanted. Since escaping her catacomb prison, she’s become the supreme ruler of everything under the veils. Finally, she has the power to throw aside senseless, old traditions and run things exactly the way they should be.
But when cracks in her magic start to show, Emanuela begrudgingly allies herself with her enemies, including her frustratingly alluring archnemesis, Verene. Together, they discover deeper truths about the mysterious blood magic Emanuela and Verene both wield. There is a higher, otherworldly authority outside the veils, and in order to save Occhia and the other realms, Emanuela may just have to rip another crown off someone’s head.
About the Author
Mara Fitzgerald writes YA fantasy about unlikable female characters who ruin everything. She is a biologist by day and spends entirely too much time looking at insects under a microscope. She was born near Disney World and now lives near Graceland, which is almost as good. She is the author of the Beyond the Ruby Veil duology.
From NOVL Nation
“Beyond the Ruby Veil demands your attention and doesn’t let it go; trust me, it is not to be missed.”
– Michelle, @Magical Reads
“I read this book in two days, half each day. I could have read it (and wished I had been able to) in one sitting because it was just that good!”
– Caidyn, @What Caidyn Reads
“It’s very rare for me to read a book that does from 0-60 so fast, then turns around and goes from 60 to Mach 2 even faster. If you are looking for a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, Beyond the Ruby Veil is definitely it.”
– Erin, @after.the.final.page
“This one constantly subverted my expectations. I’m looking forward to the sequel!”
– Maura, @thenovelmaura
“Well this is a wild ride of a book. Be ready to hit the ground running, and continue running for all 279 pages. This is a dark, queer fantasy that is fast paced and have you struggling to put it down.”
– Nicole, @Magic.Within.Pages