History is written by the winners, but it utterly demolishes the winners who lose.
Talisa was born a Delennian peasant under the rule of the foreign Qihrin. Her fate was to kneel in rice paddies, marry, bear children, and die forgotten. Instead, she becomes a commander with armies under her sway. A President who rouses an oppressed sleeping nation. A queen who deals with freedom in one hand and fear in the other. That is, until she’s defeated, killed and branded the traitor queen by the Qihrin.
Eight years later, her childhood friend Ylen just wants a quiet life sheltering her son. Her hopes are dashed when the Qihrin prince takes her son hostage. He promises to return him if she writes propaganda against Talisa for them. He is lying.
Under the guise of investigating Talisa’s life, Ylen searches for information to blackmail the Qihrin royalty. But she uncovers a connection between the traitor queen and her husband, one that incriminates him as well as the Qihrin. With her son held hostage, Ylen has to make her choice quickly: condemn her husband and gamble both their lives, or protect herself and let her son die.
Cover image credit goes to Martin Vlach on Flickr and Tumblr. The opinions of my characters do not represent my opinions.