Peace between Daleraia and Dinasdale was hard won, achieved at a heavy cost. Yet, the alliance of two powerful families will hold the realm of Almere together, led by the example of Gwen and Caden Maignart, whose marriage marked the beginning of the treaty and resulting efforts to men a broken kingdom once again. Ravaged lands are being restored, tumultuous relationships have found firm footing, and two clans once torn asunder by war will discover common ground. All is well as the newly-wedded couple returns to Minas Bothe to take up their seats as High Lord and Lady of Daleraia.
However, a foe they counted as defeated will rise again, putting at risk everything they have fought for. New alliances are made, with battle lines clearly drawn. A war they once thought avoidable now becomes inevitable. Prepared to fight to preserve the new alliance, Caden and Gwen will find themselves at the forefront as the entire kingdom turns to them for leadership. With everything and everyone important to them in peril, can they rise to the occasion and bring a war-torn realm back together once and for all?
Set in a world of kings and queens, palaces and royal courts, warriors and battlefields, book two of Elise Marion’s ‘Kings of Cardenas’ family saga continues with a story of love, passion, and destiny.
Princess Isabelle has spent her entire life bending to the will of those who have planned her life out for her. Sent into hiding when she was just an infant to protect her from the rebellion in her own homeland, Barony, she was betrothed to Prince Lionus from the neighboring province Cardenas when she was just an infant. Despite the forced engagement, Isabelle has loved Lionus all of her life. When a devious plot against the royal family results in her husband’s death, Isabelle is left with a broken heart and an uncertain future. Only one year after his brutal murder, she has no choice but to choose a new husband and return to her homeland to take her place as queen and repair the war-torn land.
Prince Serge has secretly loved Princess Isabelle his entire life. The fact that she was promised to his brother has brought him no end of pain and suffering. The second born son of the king, he has resigned himself to a life of living in his brother’s shadow. After a deadly plot against the royal family leaves Serge hovering on the edge of death, he awakens from a coma one year later to find that his older brother has died and his youngest brother has taken the throne in his stead. His future is now uncertain, but Serge is determined to find his own way in the world now that he has been given the gift of new life. When it is suggested that Princess Isabelle take him as her husband, Serge begins to hope that all of his most secret dreams will now come true.
Despite unexpected spark of desire between them, Isabelle resists the new path her heart is taking as she clings desperately to Lionus’ memory. Can Isabelle let go of her past and learn to love Serge in return, or is she destined to a life tied to one man as she mourns the other?
Once united as king and queen, Isabelle and Serge face the monumental task of rebuilding her broken homeland and rescuing it from the clutches of those seeking to destroy it. Can the pampered princess find the strength to stand beside her husband and fight for her people? Will the second son of a king finally get the chance to prove his worth? Can either of them learn to let go of the ghosts of the past and find love?
Kings of Cardenas Series Reading Order
The Third Son
The Second Son
The Lady Knights of Barony
The Mistress (Bonus Novella)