Reign the Earth
Gaughen (Lion Heart, 2015) delivers a tale of staggering magic, cutthroat royalty, and lethal intrigue in the first volume of her new sweeping fantasy series Elementae. Shalia, 17, is the proud daughter of the desert and after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for an end to the violence. In order to forge a peace between the desert people and the Bone Lands, Shalia agrees to marry their king, Calix, who was instrumental in wiping out the Elementae. Before she's even crowned, Shalia discovers she harbors elemental magic and can bend the earth to her will. Trapped between her husband's irrational hatred and a dangerous rebellion, she's forced to make an impossible choice: she can use her magic to save her family, save the Elementae, or save herself.