The Hidden King
A mad king. A powerful, inhuman heir.
A young man endures the unimaginable to save his only family and unite a kingdom.
Áed dreams of escaping the misery of the Maze, the dismal city of his birth, but his love for his makeshift family—his partner, Ninian, and an orphaned boy named Ronan—compels him to stay.
When a crushing tragedy forces his hand, Áed breaks out of the Maze once and for all—but not before deeply buried secrets flare up with formidable consequences.
Setting out for the legendary White City fueled by hopes of a better life, Áed discovers a beautiful world hiding unexpected danger. While he navigates a treacherous path of friendship and deception, Áed must embrace a legacy he had never imagined in order to protect the only family he has left.
The Hidden King is the first issue in a new young adult high fantasy series. Fans of the gritty and the mythical, the wrenching and the redemptive, will love E.G. Radcliff’s harrowing coming of age tale.
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[...] While the secret heir journey […] may not be new ground in fantasy fiction, the execution of Radcliff's story sets it apart from others in the genre. It blends LGBT themes, chosen family dynamics, and darker moments (including torture) into an exciting and wholesome tale. [...]Radcliff doesn't shy away from showing grittier realities of combat and a hero's journey, and there are moments of darkness and loss, suggestive descriptions, and intense twists. The writing is generally very good, and Radcliff skillfully applies a casual, yet beautiful style to tell their stories. -International Review of Books
COMING IN 2020
Book Two of The Coming of Áed series, the exciting prequel to The Hidden King, gives readers the answers they crave about the enigmatic Ninian.
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