Title: The Crow Rider
Author: Kalyn Josephson
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her.
But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from.
As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.
The ocean had always reminded me of the sky.
Both were vast, ancient domains that we could never hope to control, and each time
we entered them, we placed our lives in the hands of something that could crush us.
Something about that thrilled me.
I stood at the bow of the Aizel dressed in my flying leathers and a thick green cloak
the ship’s captain, Samra, had reluctantly lent me. Salt air nipped at my face, the wind
running long fingers through my curls and lifting them to dance like ribbons.
A shadow rippled across the water ahead of the ship. I lifted a hand, feeling the brush
of feathers a moment before Resyries landed on the railing before me. Wings outstretched against the wind, the crow balanced effortlessly, the gossamer shine of his dark feathers blending into the blue predawn light. The connection between us thrummed with quiet contentment, something neither of us had had much of in recent days.
After our flight from Illucia, we’d headed to the Ambriel Islands but had decided to
skirt around them rather than make land, since the islands were likely full of Illucian soldiers searching for us. Their queen was not going to let me escape so easily. Not when I was the only one who could hatch the crow eggs she’d stolen from Rhodaire. Not to mention I was technically still betrothed to her son.
I winced at the thought of Ericen. Unexpectedly, we’d become friends during my time
in Illucia. The fingerless leather gloves I wore each day had been a present from him, a
symbol of strength when I’d needed it most. But the prince was loyal to his kingdom.
Loyal to his mother.
“I have to let him go, Res,” I said into the wind. So why couldn’t I?
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