Guys. I have a title.

It’s about time for Legends of Light #4. What do you think? In any case, I’m pleased to tell you the rough draft is done! And I even have a title.

Legends of Light is made up of three sets of three novellas, so this second set will have a slightly different style of title and cover.

*rubs hands*

I’m quite excited about it.


*clasps hands behind back*

The title is…

The Stealthmaster’s Shadow: a twelve dancing princesses retelling

I even sat myself down and wrote up a blurb just for you. It’s a bit rough still, but here it is all the same.

It’s been ten confounded years since the war ended.

Ten years since the curse over Aslaria was broken and Tauscher’s forces scattered.

But when the comandeering of a task from another Stealthmaster places Verus face to face with an old enemy, he realizes the truth of what he always suspected. The end of the war was never the beginning of a lasting peace. According to the daughter of the man who hired Verus, that is never what the war was about in the first place.

Haunted by nightmares of his own, Verus prefers not to think about the war at all. But as he unearths the truth about the rumored Subverters, only the truth of the past can make sense of the confusion surrounding him. Torn between those he wishes to protect and those he is paid to betray, there is only one oath Verus can swear to himself.

This time, he’ll stay to the end, no matter the cost.

He won’t run.

Not again.

Verus, I might add, is one of the most distinctive character’s I’ve ever written. At age 27, he’s also my oldest main character to date, though he doesn’t always act like it.

Verus’s arm tightened, then he pushed Eolus gently to the side and met the man’s wide gaze. “You shouldn’t have done that.”
“Like shadows I shouldn’t have.” The man glared at him. “Do you have any idea—”
Verus hurled his mug in the man’s face.


“It wasn’t locked.” Verus slammed his dagger into his sheath. “There was merely an obstruction to opening it. A fault I fixed. Without charge, I might add.”


“I may have stolen it,” Verus admitted. “But only a little. They were throwing them out anyway.” He held it out with a flourishing bow. “My lady?”

The launch date is somewhere near the beginning of June. More details will be forthcoming. And, possibly, more snippets sometime because I have too much fun with them. What do you think of the title and the change in their style for this group of three?

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  1. AHHHHHH A 12 dancing princesses retelling?? EPIIIIIC!

    And the title is so cool!!! (Though I’m curious as to how 12 dancing princesses come in this story…considering the MC is male?)

    • Well, a soldier was pretty much the MC of the original story despite the title. And it’s a retelling, so I’ve taken some liberties. 😉 I don’t actually think there is any dancing in the story yet, though I might need to change that.

  2. YESSSS! Hmm….is it just a thing that every new Legends of the Light seems to getting better than the last? I can’t wait to read this one. Anit-heroes(that’s what Verus seems to be to me) are always my favorite in books, but it seems most people reserve them for sidekicks.
    Keep up the great work, Hope!


    • It’s called me learning to write better. XD

      And yes… Verus might be a bit of an antihero at the beginning. He’s quite fun too.

  3. *smirky smirky* This will be fun.

  4. Love everything about this so far 😀

  5. I am 10000000% enthused for this story. *much flailing* Just…aaaahh it’s going to be so epic and I can’t wait to read Verus and EEP. I just know it’ll be so cool.

  6. This sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to read it. 😀

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