… Daughter of Mystery: A Novel of Alpennia by Heather Rose Jones.
No. Seriously. So this book is 18th century female bodyguard yumminess, with a mystical religion, an androgynous sword-wielding duelist, a spunky, scholarly heiress and a greedy villain. I’m in love. This is the kind of stuff the world needs more of! The writing style is pretty and true to its historical period, the social conventions are rich and political without being impossible to follow. Now, I tend to like stories that are maybe a little lighter on the academia and heavier on the romance, but the setting and characters certainly appeal to the imagination. Go find this book and read it, my friends. It’s altogether lovely. <3
AND OMG THE AUTHOR IS IN THE SCA. No wonder her book feels authentic. SO MANY OF THE HEARTS!!!