A Princess of Last Resort

Bill Ricardi
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With the elflands in flames and the royal family silenced, a distant heir must flee from murderous invaders. Will Sarah and her half brother Granite survive the frigid wilderness and find the allies that they need to fight back?


Sarah, a half elf mage attending the Arcane University and very distant heir to the throne of Civilia, thought that this was going to be a nice walk in the woods. She had dragged along her older half brother Granite, a half orc journeyman ranger, so that he could help her to collect some material components for the new school year.


Neither of the Blackstaff siblings expected their little trip to be interrupted by fire raining down from the sky. And they certainly had no clue that a ragtag mercenary army would use this natural disaster as an opportunity to invade the sovereignty of the northern elves. In desperation, they leap through an unstable portal and find themselves ill prepared for the snowy mountains that surround them.


Now the clever young mage and her fiercely loyal brother not only have to survive, but they also need to find new allies that can help answer the questions that haunt them: Are their parents still alive? Why can nobody reach the elven royal family? Was the firestorm a natural event, or something far more sinister? Finally, who are these invaders, and what do they want with the Blackstaff siblings?

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About the author

Bill Ricardi is a fantasy author from Belfast in the U.K. He has a bent for writing the unusual. 


In addition to 'Another Stupid Trilogy' and 'The Blackstaff Siblings', which are his two fantasy series centred around the world of Panos, Bill is the author of 'The Ihy Saga', which involves a young man becoming the avatar of the Egyptian god of music in the modern world.


Bill has a wonderful life partner, and a giant cat named Loki. Both enjoy tormenting him.

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Bill Ricardi
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Published on
Jul 29, 2019
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Pages
375
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
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SUMMARY: Lucas is an abused, legally emancipated 17 year old who becomes the host-body for the son of Ihy, ancient Egyptian god of sex and music. After learning to control his rhythm based combat and seduction powers, Lucas needs to dodge assassination by religious zealots while making plans to escape his sleepy one horse town.
CONCEPT: At the turn of the century, the world was introduced to a group of 72 physical mystics called the ‘Host’. Hosted individuals have struck a bargain with Ihy, Egyptian god of music, pleasure, lust, and fertility. A Host shares their mind and body with one of Ihy’s children, keeping them safe and ‘feeding’ them with sensations from the vast array of human experience. In exchange, the Host receives supernatural powers based on the kind of music they’re listening to at any given time. This allows them to bend physics, have supernatural strength and agility, and even influence the hearts and minds of those around them… if the right tune is playing.

'Rhythm' follows Lucas Andrews, known as ‘Lucky’ to his friends. Lucas is a young man who managed to become legally emancipated from his abusive parents. On paper he lives with the family of his deceased best friend, but in reality they can’t afford to keep him. Instead, Lucas lives in an old station wagon parked in the Massachusetts woodlands. He endures constant bullying at school. He's able to muddle through the pain, work in a record store in order to earn food money, and quietly finish school as a straight B student.

On the morning of his 17th birthday, Lucky gets the offer of a lifetime. He's invited to become a Host if he willingly shares his body with Ihy's son, Izadore. After weighing all the pros and cons, Lucas accepts the god’s offer and is merged with ‘Izy’.

This fateful decision puts Lucas on a dangerous path. Being a Host also means being hunted. Will Lucas and Izadore be able to hone the power of their new partnership in time? Or will they be overrun by forces who will do anything, including murder, in order to maintain the religious status-quo?

WARNING: This book has themes of abuse, bullying, physical violence, metaphysical violence, gun violence, sexual discovery, bisexuality, religious extremism, and pagan religious power in the modern world. 

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