Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“I adored this dark fantasy take on ‘The Goose Girl.’ The characters are beautifully imagined, and witnessing Aurelia’s transformation from willful princess into selfless heroine was incredible. Smith’s system of blood magic is a fascinating and original idea. Bloodleaf is about one girl’s quest to save a kingdom, but more than that, it’s about loyalty to oneself and others and the strength that comes from it.”
— Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS
A roar of a dark and luscious epic fantasy that's layered with heady romance, bloodthirsty magic, and ghostly intrigue - an absolutely wicked delight.
Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her.
But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?