The Princess and the Dragon and Other Stories About Unlikely Heroes, By Francesca Astraea

On the magical island of the Three Kingdoms, disparaged teenagers quest to save their people from dragons, duplicity and dictatorship. This is a book of fairy tales, but not of happy endings. Don’t expect to fall asleep to sweet dreams when you’re done.

The Princess and the Dragon and Other Stories About Unlikely Heroes is a YA fantasy by Francesca Astraea, available as a paperback from Amazon, and from most ebook retailers including Kobo, Google Books (just £4.99 during spring 2022!) and Amazon.

Content warnings: violence, abuse, kidnapping, blood, homophobia. Please consume responsibly.

cover for ‘The Princess and the Dragon and Other Stories About Unlikely Heroes’ by Francesca Astraea
The cover was designed by Nell from Instagram, with typesetting by Helena Traill. You have them to thank for the pure beauty of your reading experience!

Full synopsis:

Princess Amelia’s home, the Kingdom of Mirrors, is on its knees, ravaged by the cantankerous Sapphire Dragon. She must find a way to rid her country of its unwelcome guest and work out how to restore its fortunes before her parents marry her off to clear the kingdom’s debts. Prince Richard of the Valley of Dreams knows he’s not very heroic… he’d rather read about quests than actually go on one. But when he finds himself travelling to a haunted tower, he discovers a treacherous conspiracy that could rip the Three Kingdoms apart… and learns there might be some heroism tucked up his sleeve after all. Esme Delacroix is a psychic living in Stormhaven, the only part of the Three Kingdoms where magic is taboo. A terrifying vision sends Esme and her friend Violet on a perilous quest that shakes Stormhaven and the Three Kingdoms to its core.

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