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Being courted by four suitors to claim the crown wasn’t part of this princess’s plan.
The Four Suitors
by Sophie Jupillat Posey
Genre: YA Medieval Fantasy
Quick-witted and confident, Princess Laetitia of Avaritia always gets what she wants—until her 17th nameday ball. The King and Queen, believing marriage will rein in their daughter’s rebellious nature, surprise the Princess with not one, but four suitors: a philosopher, an astronomer, an artist and a necromancer. If Laetitia can’t learn at least one suitor’s craft and prove herself to be a worthy wife, she will lose her crown—the one thing she cares about most.
Laetitia irks her suitors as much as she can while learning as little as possible about them—and their so-called “crafts.” But when she and Sir Blaxton resurrect one of the many peasants who have died recently from an unprecedented disease, the corpse’s cryptic words about his death set them on a race to find answers: What is the disease? How is it spreading so quickly? And why is it affecting only the peasants?
As Laetitia tries to find answers, she uncovers a web of corruption with a stranglehold on her kingdom. Like it or not, she’s going to need the help of all four of her suitors—even if they end up putting their own lives on the line.
The Inspiration For The Book
If you enjoy stories where the heroine is a bit unconventional and yes, unlikeable, yet she has to evolve in order to make sense of the world around her, then this story is for you. The inspiration for Laetitia came from musings about a relative who kept talking about how she was able to be courted by at least four men in her youth; yet her personality was unpleasant and the men ended up leaving eventually. Slowly, the seeds of that developed into a bratty character– a princess who ends up being saddled with four suitors, but not by choice. She has to learn to trust them, and take their help when strange things happen in the kingdom. For each suitor, I chose an art that I thought would be cool to learn, but that would be semi-problematic in Laetitia’s world. Each suitor’s personality blossomed from the establishment of their craft. This is a stand-alone book, as I think the story is well-contained. Part of the inspiration for the novel, was also the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades, as well as research on the Black Death. The plague always fascinated me: how deadly it was, how quickly it spread, the reactions of the people, the beliefs about its origins.
French-Venezuelan Sophie Jupillat Posey wrote a poem about spring in the 4th grade and started a mystery series a year later. She’s been hooked to creating stories ever since. She studied writing and music at Rollins College. She’s had numerous short stories and poetry published in literary magazines since 2014. She enjoys reading and writing anything from science fiction and fantasy, to paranormal and mystery novels. When she isn’t writing, she is composing music, creating albums, and teaching French to students in Central Florida. She can be reached on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.
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