In the Shadow of the Sun

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What to expect

It’s 1661 in Paris, and magicians thrill nobles with enchanting illusions. Exiled in France, seventeen-year-old Henriette of England wishes she could use her magic to gain entry at court. Instead, her plan is to hide her magical talents, and accept an arranged marriage to the French king’s younger brother.

Henriette soon realizes her fiancé prefers the company of young men to hers, but court magicians turn up killed by a mysterious sorcerer who uses forbidden magic and an accident forces Henriette to reveal her uniquely powerful gift for enchantments to Louis, he asks for her help. For she alone can defeat the dark magician threatening his authority, and aid his own plans to build the new, enchanted seat of his power—the Palace of Versailles.

Critics Review

  • “Castellan…threads lively magical details into her historical tale of French royal life during 1661…Castellan craftily infuses enchantment in every scene alongside romance and intrigue among the royals and their court, while luxurious descriptions and quick-witted dialogue make for a captivating read.”

    Publishers Weekly
  • “An utterly enchanting story of intrigue and romance that seamlessly blends magic into history.”

    Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of Reign of the Fallen
  • “Full of passion, romance, and court intrigue, In the Shadow of Sun is a fascinating reimagining of an infamous period in French history.”

    Kalyn Josephson, author of The Storm Crow
  • “Full of passion, romance, and court intrigue, In the Shadow of Sun is a fascinating reimagining of an infamous period in French history. This glittering debut shines with gilded magic and a carefully woven mystery that’ll leave you wanting more.”

    Kalyn Josephson, author of The Storm Crow

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