Welcome to the exciting new world of Ryferia, home of my dark Sleeping Beauty Fairytale Retelling.
Isn’t that a stunning cover!
I wrote this book, the first in the Queen of Extinction trilogy, with my daughter, Erin St Pierre. We came up with the plot while drinking hot chocolate and eating cake in a quaint coffee shop in a little English village. Our story journey took us on a world building research trip to Venice, the inspiration for the setting. In this book, we create a steampunk-ish world in which magic abounds, but is suppressed by giant steampunk construct, called Guardians. These are powered by iron and alchemy. Add to this, a mix of magical creatures, including a dragon shape-shifter and an incubus, and you have book reviewers call: “unique,” “a must read,” and a “wonderful, beautifully told story.” Queen of Extinction ended up exploding onto a New York Times Bestseller list in January 2017 as part of the Dark Humanity boxed set. So what’s it about?
A magical princess. A kingdom in danger. A fight to the death for the throne.
Princess Aurora never thought she’d have to rule Ryferia. That was her brother’s job, until his brutal murder at the hands of their uncle. She knows the law. A marriage is her only chance to take the throne, and to free her people from Artemis’s evil rule. Aurora gambles for her kingdom, invoking the right to hold a deadly marriage trial. As the most gifted—and ruthless—princes and lords battle to the death for her hand, Aurora falls under the spell of two mysterious suitors. An incubus and a dragon shape-shifter, both are determined to win her hand and her kingdom for their own ends. But the princess has allies, as well as a secret power long outlawed in her kingdom… Will Aurora find true love and save Ryferia or will the trial’s winner destroy them all? Queen of Extinction is a fresh take on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale. If you like fairytale retellings, magic, steampunk, and romance, then you’ll love the first book in a new trilogy by Gwynn White and Erin St. Pierre.