Blog Tour: Royal Spy by Heather Frost Review + Excerpt

Hi everyone! I am so excited that I get to Heather with her blog Tour for her upcoming book Royal Spy which is the second book of the Fate of Eyrinthia.

I had the opportunity to read the first book The Royal Decoy last year, so I’m glad that I was able to read the second book!

RELEASE DAY: May 20, 2021

Synopsis:

A DECOY recruited to be a spy.

A PRINCE compelled to become an assassin.

A SERJAH pressured by an unwanted crown.

A WORLD covered in shadows.

Mere months ago, Clare was just a kitchen maid. Now, she is a decoy for Princess Serene and a novice spy, caught in the royal family’s web of secrets. While journeying to Mortise to finalize the princess’s betrothal to Serjah Desfan, Clare lives for the stolen moments she has with Bennick, the bodyguard who is quickly claiming her heart. But when a notorious assassin is hired to kill her, Clare’s life and the alliance hang in the balance.

In Ryden, Grayson prepares to leave for Mortise with his brother, Liam. Their orders are to ignite a war between their enemies, and Grayson has been tasked with assassinating Princess Serene. It may cost his soul, but he is ready to comply, as long as he gets something in return: freedom for Mia, the girl he loves. But the more time he spends with his brother, the more he begins to wonder if Liam is what Grayson wishes he had the courage to be . . . a traitor.

Desfan feels trapped. By his disapproving council, his impending marriage to a stranger, and the imminent arrival of enemy princes who may not want the peace they profess. When a dangerous drug threatens his people, Desfan jumps at the chance to rely on his swords instead of politics. But his investigation uncovers more than he bargained for—a plot that may destroy Mortise from within.

Eyrinthia hovers on the edge of war. Spies. Rebels. Traitors. All must choose a side.

Book Links:

Royal Spy Kindle Pre-order || Amazon Hardcover || Pre-order Gift Form || Goodreads

Review:

4 Stars

Royal Spy is the action packed sequel to Royal Decoy that follows the same set of people as their tales continue to intertwine.

While Clare continues to pretend to be the Princess Serene during events that are in the public eye and while traveling, her jobs gets even more complicated on night at a party when she and the guards realize that someone who is a well seasoned assassin has been hired to take her out even when the assassin himself has never gone directly at a royal like that before.

Now with her life being put in even more dangerous with a known target going after her making it more difficult for her to get information and for her to keep an even lower profile while she’s playing the part of the princess. One slip up could be the difference between life and death which isn’t really an option with her brother back home waiting for her.

All while Grayson is ready to take out his father the king for a multitude of reasons but is still having to play the part in this game to keep himself in somewhat good standings because if not the girl that he loves could be hurt even more to keep him in line to comply with the king’s whims, and with his brother, Grayson never catches a break.

Then there’s Desfan who is trying to save his people but may has gotten himself into more than he can handle.

As things progress in the story, tension rises in each of the characters lives that could lead to many breaking points and possibly into something that no one was expecting!

Excerpt:

Grayson crouched before the door and drew out a set of lockpicks. In a breathless moment, the door clicked open and he melted inside.

Grayson hadn’t set foot in the king’s apartment since he was a child, but the dim, pre-dawn light spilling through a crack in the mostly-drawn curtains guided him around a table and pair of armchairs. There were no other guards in the room.

He heard the low snores of his father, but that was the only sound. Good. His mother was a lighter sleeper, so he was grateful she was in her separate suite. It would make this easier.

Grayson found the door to his father’s inner sleeping chamber also locked, but he made short work of that and eased inside.

He let his eyes adjust as much as possible to the darkness, straining every sense to assure himself there was nothing else in the space—no traps, no last guard.

He sensed no one other than the man sleeping in the large bed.

His father, it seemed, had grown complacent.

Grayson ignored the tautness of his nerves as he withdrew a dagger and crept up to the bed, using the silent tread his father had beaten into him.

King Henri was sprawled on his back, one arm curved under his pillow, the other draped over his belly. His chest rose and fell in rhythmic breaths, his mouth partly open and surrounded by his beard. His brown hair, just beginning to gray at the temples, was an untidy mess that fell over his forehead. The sheets were shoved down his bare chest, as if even the coolness of Ryden’s night air didn’t dare touch him.

In sleep, he looked nothing like the monster he was.

Grayson lowered his dagger until the sharp edge lay against Henri’s throat.

At the light touch, Henri’s snores ceased. His eyes snapped open, his body tensing.

Grayson’s voice was an even whisper. “I trust I have your attention?”

Confusion, fear, fury—they all swirled in Henri’s eyes before his own indifferent mask slid over his features, banishing all emotion from his gaze. “You do.”

“Good.” Grayson increased the pressure of the knife against his father’s throat and Henri’s breaths thinned in response. He kept his voice pitched low. “I had hoped to make an impression.”

Beneath the blade, Henri’s throat flexed.

PRE-ORDER GIFT: THE DECOY AND THE BODYGUARD

Pre-order Royal Spy and get an EXCLUSIVE short story from Bennick’s POV! Pre-order Gift Form:https://forms.gle/uQtyD4SboRAeNBtYA

About the story:

Bennick is a royal bodyguard, prepared for anything—except Clare Ellington. THE DECOY AND THE BODYGUARD follows Bennick and Clare during their first day together, but from Bennick’s POV. Of course, things go terribly wrong . . .

About Heather:

Heather Frost writes mostly YA fiction and has a soft spot for tortured characters, breath-stealing romance, and happy endings. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in the wilds of Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com.

Author Links:

Goodreads || Website || Twitter || Instagram || Facebook || Book Bub

Happy reading until next time,

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