We here at The Parliament House are thrilled to reveal a new cover for a much-anticipated release from one of our best-selling authors! Celia McMahon, author of the Unspoken Trilogy, is back with a brand new project set in a society where god-like entities oversee all. In FEARLESS STARS, Ally, a precocious temple servant, is brought together by fate with a talented young military officer. After a brutal attack on their home—Dowling City—they must fight for their very survival.
In a land besieged by magic, Ally must navigate innumerable dangers to protect her friends and her younger sister, all while withholding a secret of her own hidden power. Marcus is heir to the throne, but when the king and his princess fiancee are declared dead, he is set on a path toward solving who perpetrated this horrible crime that has sent his country into a tailspin.
With their paths on an inevitable collision course, can these two overcome almost impossible odds and come together to save the people they care about and their home? Celia McMahon's FEARLESS STARS tells the tale of five misfits thrown together amidst war, love, and chaos in this Final Fantasy-inspired YA novel, the first in a planned duology.
Dive into the magical world that author Celia McMahon has created in Fearless Stars, coming to bookstores April 11, 2023! Pre-order your copy TODAY!
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After the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Ally vows to join the temple to serve the Holies-god-like beings who protect Sundria. But during one last excursion on the summer of her seventeenth year, the capital, Dowling City, is brutally attacked and the king and one of her best friends, the princess is declared dead. She and her two friends, Brenna and Lizbeth, and her little sister escape the devastation only to find themselves on the run and unsure whether their families are alive. Or who to trust. Left with only one goal-to keep her friends and sister alive-Ally’s seemingly ordinary life takes another abrupt turn when she discovers that she is suddenly Holy-touched and in a magic-seized land at war, it is another thing she must keep secret.
Marcus is the would-be-king and military officer, set to marry the princess of Sundria when he finds himself barely escaping the destruction of Dowling City. Gravely injured, Marcus places his focus on who is responsible for destroying his home—his own father. But his plan does not include meeting four orphaned girls on the run. Realizing now that he is the son of a traitor, he adopts a fake name, vowing to avenge the king and princess’ life.
Ally and Marcus find themselves at the center of a great war. With Marcus as the sudden face of the rebellion and Ally as one of the last Sars left, they discover that they’ve thrust themselves into becoming something more than what they had once seen themselves to be. As the battle to retake Sundria grows nearer, Ally learns that to become a Sar and help her people, she must dedicate her life to the Holies, completely and fully, which means never seeing her family again. Marcus must lead a rebellion and learn that there is more to living than dying. If they both fail, the land of Sundria and its people may fall forever.
After spending her childhood longing to step foot in Narnia, Celia McMahon now loves to write about insufferable protagonists who needto get their lives together or doom entire kingdoms. No pressure. She grew up in Massachusetts, only to move to Washington State, then Georgia, Italy, and back to Washington where she now resides with her son, three pets, and many, many books. If she’snot busy buying more books than she can read or discovering new ways of being tired, you can find her scouring the world army-wife style for book ideas.