Book 1

The King-Killing Queen

by Shawn Speakman

Published 28 September 2023

In The King-Killing Queen, which author Anna Smith Spark calls “a dark love letter to high fantasy,” a woman discovers her unknown past carries with it a terrible future. 
Sylvie Raventress is the devoted apprentice to Master Historian Kell, stepbrother to the High King. She lives a life of scholarly pursuit and privilege hoping to one day take her instructor’s place and write her own histories. But beside King Alafair Goode’s deathbed, Sylvie and his scions learn a surprising truth—she is no orphan but is his named heir.
With her siblings loathing Sylvie’s selection and vying for her throne, she must rely on a Fae guide, a disgraced former First Knight, and a cantankerous light-weaver to restore the fracturing kingdom and become High Queen. And yet the thing none of them know is destiny has its own part to play too…