Sixteen-year-old deaf princess, Marguerite, keeps away from her uncle, Reichard, ever since he broke her hand to keep her from using sign language. He believes her disability makes her unworthy to precede him in line for the throne. Yet it's his role as Bishop-Princep, ""cleansing"" the kingdom through witch-burnings, that keeps Marguerite hiding her gift of embroidery magic, called Skeincraft.
Then one day, Marguerite risks discovery by rescuing a child from the flames. Assisted by Tys, an itinerant acrobat, they flee her uncle's ""justice,"" setting her on a path that will keep her safe. But can she stay hidden, strengthening her Skeincraft skills when Reichard moves to take the throne? Marguerite is an unlikely challenger, relying on her homemade invisibility cloak, a few allies who use sign language, and Tys, the one boy she never should have trusted.
Publisher: Sword and Silk Books
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
ISBN: Print: 978-1-7364300-8-8 eBook: 978-1-7364300-9-5
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Amelia Loken writes YA Fantasy and Contemporary fiction, exploring the courage of women who forge bridges from the shards of old obstacles. Professionally, she’s worked in the Deaf community as an ASL/English interpreter and currently in the field of access technology. Her interest in sign languages, swordplay, embroidery, theology, disability rights, and the history of explorers and pirates turn up in her manuscripts without invitation. She lives in Arkansas, at the edge of the woods with her husband, five sons, and no other animals.