It has been years since the war between Castella and Valerio began over what many would consider a myth. However, the Flower, an object of great power, is far from a myth. In fact, it is in the hands of the Castellan king, a man far more power-hungry than most would suspect. It is under his rule that soldiers go into a fruitless war against Valerio, each side presuming that the other has what they want: the Flower. The Castellan king takes advantage of this distraction to build up his power, using the Flower in a way it was never meant for.
It is only when Adara Smith, a half-Valerion girl in the capital of Castella, finds refuge in the tavern which makes up the 25 metre squared prison of the last remaining Guardian of the Flower that the wheel of justice is set into motion. Upon meeting a bubbly mage-in-training, a boy far too popular for his own good, and a grumpy tavern owner with three years of resentment on his back, she is rather reluctantly sent on her way to bring the Flower back to its rightful owner with only one condition: if she doesn't, said owner will die.
Faced with someone's life in her hands, Adara has no choice but to set off to reclaim the Flower, accompanied by people who are practically strangers to her. However, before she can even think of stealing from the king, she has to find whoever this "rightful owner" is and make sure he doesn't die before he can take control of the Flower for good. Plus, in the midst of all this, romance stops for nobody, and all Adara can do is try to figure out her own heart whilst also saving the world from ultimate catastrophe.
•Book 1 of the Serenade Trilogy•
•Fairy tale retelling•
•Cover by the wonderful @StormyTheZebra•