As a child, F. F. John was an incredibly inquisitive and she was encouraged to find answers in books. When she’d read everything her home had to offer and there was no more space in the house to accommodate additional books, her mother told her to write her own stories. So, she did.
Today, she continues to create worlds of characters that have a lot to say about everything. And she lets them do just that. They tend to give answers to the riddles she’s yet to solve.
Neith has never questioned her duty to marry according to status and wealth–until she falls in love, and the world turns on its head. Invier, lowborn but romantic, is willing to defy societal pressures and demand Neith’s hand in marriage.
However, in a world where status is key, such a marital alliance would allow rivals to crush Neith’s family, leaving Neith desperately struggling to find a solution that doesn’t involve choosing between love and family.
Invier’s family is too lowly-ranked for a union with Neith, so she, unwilling to accept a loveless union with someone else, revives a long-abandoned competition called the Pursual. In the Pursual, the prize is the girl and an alliance with her influential family.
Entered into the competition without his consent, Invier becomes suspicious of Neith’s motives. Still, he must win, or see his love married to a rival. The mysterious deaths of competitors, the discovery of dark secrets, and a growing rebellion mean that nothing will come easy.
The competition meant to bring them together threatens to tear the couple apart. Yet only by working together will they overcome their rivals and gain a life with each other.
The Pursual came to a tragic end and despite her schemes, Neith didn’t get what she wanted. Invier is halfway across the world, running for his life and her family’s position, their very existence, is at risk as ruthless rivals circle, waiting for one misstep.
Continue Neith and Invier’s journey in THE PALADIN, the action-packed second book of The Nome Chronicles, a young adult dystopian series.