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Book Spotlight: Kingdom Lost by Dawn Shipman

Well, I feel like a cad. I meant to share about this epic YA fantasy novel months ago (literal months...I'm not exaggerating this time), but somehow, I totally forgot, lost track of time like crazy, and didn't remember to spotlight this book until a couple days ago.

So here we are.

Allow me to introduce to y'all the first book in the Lost Stones of Argonia series, the novel Jill Williamson called "absorbing" and Melanie Dobson praised as "brilliant," the award-winning debut novel of Dawn Shipman...

Kingdom Lost.


about the book

A Kingdom in Chaos. A Merciless Enemy. A Desperate Quest.

Heat radiated from the gem against her palm, and like a burning ember, the opal stone glowed red.

At seventeen, Princess Lyric rides a horse better and faster than do any of her father’s prized knights. She knows how to dance at the palace balls, how to flirt with the guards, and how to cajole the king into giving her almost anything.

But she’s never learned that non-human, intelligent beings—some of them savage—live in her world. She doesn’t know the gem in her necklace is far more than a family heirloom. And she doesn’t realize the visiting prince who has come to court her wants much more than her hand in marriage.

Overnight, her kingdom is torn from her and her only option is to run. Accompanied by a maidservant and a handsome lieutenant in her father’s palace guard, she must learn to fight, to lead, and to trust those at her side—human or not. If she doesn’t, she won’t live long enough to reclaim her throne.


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about the author

Dawn Shipman is an award-winning author whose fantasy stories bristle with believable characters fighting fierce battles in strange worlds. Dawn makes her home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she lives with her long-haired IT-guy husband, a gregarious German Shepherd, two disdainful cats, and four horses--two large ones and two very small, (but mighty) ones!

Connect with her on her website here, where you can download and read a free prequel story!


OKAY Y'ALL. That cover? GORGEOUS. The blurb? INTRIGUING. The princess' name??? FANTASTIC!!! (Seriously. Who wouldn't wanna be named Lyric???)

I dunno about y'all, but I already cannot wait to read this book or the sequel, coming sometime this year!

yours in spirit and script,


#bookspotlight #yafiction #fantasy #romance #youngadultfiction

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