Red Queen meets The Scorpio Races in a high-flying new fantasy series filled with passion, betrayal, and adventure from debut author Shina Reynolds.
Seventeen-year-old Aluma Banks has always dreamed of soaring freely through the skies astride a powerful winged steed of her own. But flying is a privilege granted only to the Riders of the king’s Empyrean Cavalry, the aerial warriors who defend the borders of their land from the fallen Kingdom of Laithlann.
Each year, Rider hopefuls across Eirelannia compete in the Autumn Tournament for the honor of joining the Cavalry. Aluma, trained to ride and fight by her retired Empyrean Rider father, knows she has what it takes to prove herself worthy—if only her father hadn’t forbidden her from joining their ranks, in the hope of protecting his only daughter from the perils of war. To make matters worse, Thayer, Aluma’s best friend who could be becoming something more, is competing—and if he wins, he’ll leave her behind.
When Aluma’s father is tragically injured just before the Tournament, she finds herself unexpectedly thrust into this year’s competition. But as Aluma begins to pursue her dreams, she learns devastating secrets about the king and his never-ending war with Laithlann. In her quest for the truth, Aluma discovers a power deep within herself that may be the only way to save Eirelannia and the people she loves from the darkness that threatens to consume them all.
TAKE TO THE SKIES. FIGHT FOR THE LIGHT.
A LIGHT IN THE SKY
When Shina Reynolds was young, she relished riding a horse through a wide-open Nebraskan field, her imagination leading the way. Now that she doesn’t have a horse and lives in a city, she creates flying horses in her mind and writes about them.
Shina currently resides in Texas, where she spends the majority of the year trying to stay cool and imagining she lives in Ireland.
Although she graduated with a degree in Art History and a minor in Anthropology, she couldn’t fight the urge to create art herself. Before writing her first novel, she worked in: acting, filmmaking, singing and songwriting, modeling, and photography. Her love for film continues to inspire her writing.
When she’s not writing, her other interests include: watching movies and tv series, reading, filmmaking, exploring the outdoors, playing the ukulele, singing, painting abstractly, entertaining her mostly cuddly cat, and spending time with her husband.