Those of you who follow my Instagram account may know that I am a hand-letterer. A couple of months ago, I was approached by M.L. Greye about creating a cover for her newest book, Of Rioters & Royals. I had never created a book cover, but I decided it would be a fun challenge and agreed. Because I needed to get a feel for the book before I could create the cover, she let me read it early. And OMG. This is my favorite of her books.
I’m trying to think of what I could tell you that won’t give away some big plot-points… and this is what I came up with: Emry is a princess. Declan is someone who was wronged by the monarchy. He is sent in by the leader of the Rioters to become Emry’s knight and then kidnap her to work towards ending a feud. Begin The Trials. End The Trials. Enter the real story.
And that’s about it. You’ll have to read it for yourself. *wink, wink*
What makes Of Rioters & Royals great is the depth of story. As the book gets going, you feel like you know what’s going on, what’s going to happen. But you really don’t. You cannot guess where it is headed. And it is magnificent.
I will say that this is not a children’s book. The Other Worlds and Ethon were reasonably tame compared to this book. Greye got a little more graphic than in her previous books for the fight scenes, but it goes deeper. She forces her characters to accept what they’ve done out of necessity to protect themselves or others. Some parts are not easy to read, but they’re necessary. Battle isn’t clean. Fighting against evil people isn’t light and fluffy. Greye highlights this. However, I will also say that there isn’t gratuitous violence or gore.
Also, in the non-children’s book vein, there are married characters that are very clearly sleeping together. There aren’t any actual sex scenes, though. It’s definitely the “dot, dot, dot” type of feel a la Mamma Mia. You don’t have to watch it, but you know what they’re doing. Greye keeps it PG-13. In fact, I’d give the whole book an overall rating of PG-13. But I wouldn’t let a 13-year-old read it… For me, reading is different than watching a movie. I internalize books much more, and it’s harder to miss things or have things go over heads.
Of Rioters & Royals releases on January 18, 2019. If you’d like to read it, it will be free on Amazon from January 18-19. After that, it will be available through Kindle Unlimited. I will even give you a link, if only for you to see my beautiful cover art. But seriously, I highly recommend this one, friends, if you are interested in fantasy at all. It takes complex characters and fuses them with a deep story that leaves you excited for book two. Without the hateful cliffhanger from The Other Worlds.