Title: Beloved Traitor (Fragile Fate Trilogy #1)
Author: Jeremiah Dungan
When the highest prophet in the land wields his power, kings and queens become pawns.
Coerced into betraying the barbarian king who raised him, a disowned mage, Brandt, kills the high queen, sending the already unstable regions into chaos. His mage nature and the scars of the past fight against his desire to be a better man as he attempts to find common ground amid the feuding powers.
While Brandt struggles for a place with the noble mages and barbarians, his actions send three princesses on paths that will take them far from home. Each carry passions and fears they must control if they are to become more than prisoners of fate. Carving new paths could lead to the devastation or salvation of themselves as well as the kingdom.
With powerful men holding the truths of the past in the shadows, how the young prince and princesses choose to wield their new power could destroy them all. Can they bring peace to the kingdom or will they be the next victims sacrificed in the fight for the high throne?
When the Queen is killed, it sets the stage for three princesses to begin their journeys. Each of which have their own passion that fuels them onward. Will that be enough to save their kingdom or will they fall beside it?
Filled with plenty of twists that show that good and evil is not so black and white. Characters that I thought to be heroes were anything but.
As I went deeper into the story, I fell in love with the depth of the character arcs and the emotion that they showed to one another throughout the journey. The shifting POV makes it easy to appreciate and get inside the heads of nearly every character along the way which made the book even more immersive.
The magic and worldbuilding was well-done. Plenty of magic and prophecy. A fantastic high fantasy voyage into a new world.