Lady Sophie Mackenzie might be fifth in line to the Anglion throne but she never wanted to rule. But she's bound to a demon, gifted with forbidden magic, and under threat from those who would use her unusual power for themselves. And now her hopes of finding peace in exile have been shattered by visions of a terrible darkness gnawing at the heart of her homeland.
Then the emperor of Illvya makes her an offer she can't refuse—return home and overthrow the queen of Anglion, or lose everything she holds dear.
To face down the darkness and save her husband and everyone she loves, she may have to betray the country—and the queen—she once served and play the games of power she never wanted any part of.
But can she play them to win…
A historical fantasy romance trilogy from M.J. Scott, RITA® Award nominated author of the Half-Light City series, the TechWitch series and the Wild Side Series
Don’t miss any of the Four Arts series
Book 1 – The Shattered Court
Book 2 – The Forbidden Heir
Book 3 – The Unbound Queen
Plus Courting The Witch, a prequel novella (previously published in the Warlords, Witches and Wolves Anthology, now including an all new bonus second epilogue).
What people are saying about M.J. Scott
The Shattered Court - nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the 2016 RITA® Awards.
“Scott (the Half-Light City series) opens her Four Arts fantasy series with the portrait of a young woman who’s thrust into the center of dangerous political machinations… Romance fans will enjoy the growing relationship between Cameron and Sophie, but the story’s real strength lies in the web of intrigue Scott creates around her characters.” —Publishers Weekly
“Fans of high fantasy and court politics will enjoy The Shattered Court. Sophie is such a great heroine...” —RT Book Reviews
The Forbidden Heir
"This story was packed with action, political intrigue, scheming, and high stakes." Alyssa - Goodreads reviewer
"This is a marvelous book. The world building is unique and complex. The characters are well developed and likable and there is intrigue for days. If you've read the first book in the series it only gets better in this one." Lissa - Goodreads reviewer
"'Forbidden Heir' is a great rarity: a sequel that I liked better than the original book." Margaret - Amazon reviewer
The Unbound Queen
This was an incredible 3rd and final book in The Four Arts Series which did a wonderful job of tying up the loose ends and seeing great characters finish a wonderful adventure. Amazon reviewer
Cameron is delectable, Sophie is the right mix of practical, insanely talented and wary of the power broking that is going on around her. It was brilliant to watch her come into her power. Amazon reviewer
The Four Arts Series
- Fantasy romance
- Historical fantasy romance
- Royal romance
- Gaslight fantasy romance
- Marriage of convenience romance
- Strong heroine romance
- Protector hero romance
- Witch romance
- Witches and demons fantasy
- Magic and witches
About the author
M.J Scott is an unrepentant bookworm. Luckily she grew up in a family that fed her a properly varied diet of books and these days is surrounded by people who are understanding of her story addiction. When not wrestling one of her own stories to the ground, she can generally be found reading someone else’s. Her other distractions include yarn, cat butlering, dark chocolate and watercolor. She lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her website is www.mjscott.net. She also writes contemporary romance as Melanie Scott and Emma Douglas.