Everything has a price.
In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness has fallen. After defeating the evil mother who summoned an immortal demon to kill her, newly coronated Queen Asterin Faelenhart should have every reason to celebrate. Her kingdom is safe, forbidden magic eradicated, and her friends are alive. Except Asterin’s triumph has come at a devastating cost—forced to choose between a lifelong friend and true love, she’s lost both. But the shadows in Axaria have begun to stir once again, and no one is more starved for vengeance than Asterin …
Yet it soon becomes clear that the shadows plaguing her kingdom are just the beginning. Another realm coexists with the mortal world—the beautiful, nightmarish Immortal Realm ruled by the wicked God of Shadow, King Eoin. When their paths entwine, Asterin realizes that Eoin possesses exactly what—and who—she seeks most. And the fates of all those that she holds dear—Orion, her missing Guardian; Luna, the friend she could not save; Harry, the demon who saved them all; and Quinlan, her beloved broken prince—ultimately rest in the god’s hands.
But in a world of magic, not everyone is always as they seem. When shocking discoveries threaten everything and everyone that Asterin has sworn her life to protect, she won’t be the only person forced to make a choice … a choice that will change the mortal world forever.
And maybe even destroy it.
“A gorgeous tale with a matryoshka of plots stacked within plots, a fierce rebellious princess, a cast of characters you will constantly be rooting for, stunning magic, and, of course, all the bloody demons you can shake a sword at!” —Rin Chupeco, author of the Bone Witch series, on Shadow Frost
“Asterin Faelenhart is a heroine of a type I wish had been more common when I’d been a teenager—capable and imperfect, tender and sharp, with both sword and magic readied in the face of overwhelming odds. If Ma was this good at fifteen, the future of the genre is extremely bright.” —Tamsyn Muir, author of Gideon the Ninth, on Shadow Frost
“Readers will enjoy the novel’s exciting action sequences and original mythology…A fantasy with an intriguing premise.” —Kirkus Reviews on Shadow Frost
“You can expect scandal, evenly matched wit and skill, intense magic, and fierce romance!” —The Nerd Daily on Shadow Frost
“Ma successfully uses the book’s multiple story lines to maintain a steady pace throughout, with intriguing developments and new revelations to drive the plot forward.” —Kirkus Reviews
Coco Ma is a Canadian author and pianist. At the age of fifteen, she wrote the first book of the Shadow Frost Trilogy and hasn’t looked back since. After learning the piano during her childhood, she has performed on some of the world’s greatest concert stages and graduated with a precollege diploma in piano performance from the Juilliard School in New York City. Currently, she studies at Yale University.
At this point, she wishes she could mention having a dog or a small dragon, except pets (and happiness, apparently) are tragically prohibited at her dormitories. When she isn’t writing, practicing piano, or wreaking havoc, you might find her bingeing Netflix or eating cake. Lots of cake.
Visit Coco on Instagram @cakeforcoco and on Twitter @chaosforcoco
Saskia Maarleveld is an experienced voice-over actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Raised in New Zealand and France, she is highly skilled with accents and dialects, and many of her books have been narrated entirely in accents other than her own. In addition to audiobooks, her voice can be heard in animation, video games, and commercials.