by Brielle D. Porter
GENRE: YA Fantasy with Romance
What happens in Oasis, stays in Oasis.
Lisette’s father killed the King. His execution leaves Lisette alone, disgraced, and without the magic he intended to pass on to her. In Oasis, that’s a problem. Glutted with enchanted performers, Oasis is a sin city where courtiers pay in gold to drink, gamble, and above all, be entertained. To survive on its competitive streets, Lisette peddles paltry illusions in place of magic.
Desperate to prove herself, Lisette enters into a deadly competition to be chosen as the highest-ranked magician in the world, the Queen’s Jester. But her rival, the irritatingly handsome Luc, possesses the one thing Lisette does not―real magic. Lisette will do anything to win, but when evidence implicating the Queen in her husband’s murder surfaces, Lisette must choose between redeeming her family name, or seizing the fame she’s hungered for her entire life.
“Who will pay the debt for this maiden?” Luc asks. He doesn’t extend a hand to the man, who grasps at his trousers, unaware of the blood that stains his fine clothes.
“I will,” the man cries, wiping the snot from his face. “Please, I’ll do anything! Just bring back my daughter.”
Luc has chosen wisely; it’s obvious this man will pay anything for his jewel of a daughter. Luc eyes him as though weighing a handful of gold dust and then glances at the ropes of garnets choking the woman’s fragile neck. The desperate father seizes upon his meaning, and with shaking fingers unclasps the heavy necklace and passes it to Luc. Holding it up for the crowd first, Luc pockets the jewels with a satisfied smile.
“The debt has been paid. Arise, fair maiden!”
For a moment nothing happens. Everyone’s eyes are on the girl, whose lips have turned a faint blue. But my eyes are on Luc. I can see the strain as he tries to bring her back from Beyond. The sweat that runs, neglected, down his temple. The clenched fists. Watching for any kind of rise in her lungs. But they stay still.
I’ve only seen Luc fail once. That girl’s family was desolate but could do nothing, because that’s what these wealthy fools come here for. To be thrilled. To be entertained, no matter the cost. And Luc never fails to give them a show.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Brielle D. Porter decided to become a writer after a well-meaning elementary school teacher told her she had a gift for it. Stolen moments under the covers reading anything from Harry Potter to William Goldman solidified the desire to tell stories herself one day. Jester is her debut novel.
Brielle lives with her husband and three sons on a lavender farm in Northern Idaho. When she’s not writing, she can be found running and beekeeping. Only ask her about her hobbies if you have plenty of time to spare.
Author Website: https://brielledporter.com/
Goodreads Author: https://www.goodreads.com/briellums
JESTER Buy Links:
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