Summer Queen

Poised to become the most powerful priestess in Idara, Nelay doesn’t have time to become a pretty bauble for the king. She’s too busy saving her people from the invading army sweeping across her kingdom. 

But in defeat after defeat, Nelay begins to realize a bigger power is at play than that wielded by mere mortals. Only she can stand between the cinders of her once-great nation and the vengeance of a goddess. 

If she fails, the remnants of her kingdom will turn to ash. 

The message I took away from this, in the end, was about love. Love is what keeps us anchored. It keeps our humanity. Love is worth fighting for. ~Aimee Brown, Getting Your Read On 

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The message I took away from this, in the end, was about love. Love is what keeps us anchored. It keeps our humanity. Love is worth fighting for. ~Aimee Brown, Getting Your Read On

If you also like your books to contain a strong heroine, just the right amount of swoon-worthy romance and a lot of action, I don’t know what you’re waiting for - go pick [Summer Queen] up! ~Frida Petersson

I would 100% recommend . . . the whole Fairy Queens series to fans of YA Fantasy. Especially if you enjoyed Rae Carson's Girl of Fire and Thorns series. ~Ashley Ferguson

 If you’re looking for some well written and diverse fantasy, I’d recommend Summer Queen. It’s a great departure from a lot of typical fantasy tropes and Amber Argyle has clearly done her world-building. ~Carrie Slager

Amber Argyle is such a gifted writer. She obviously knows how to draw the reader in and evoke real emotion. The scenes were vivid and real in my head. It takes talent to write like that. ~Aimee, Getting Your Read On

First Page
Holding her breath, Nelay sucked in her ribs as tight as she could. Still the hooks on the back of her bodice refused to meet.
“Arms up,” Jezzel commanded. “Maybe that will help.”
Nelay stretched her arms above her head as Jezzel strained behind her. “Got it!” she said. With the first hook down, the others fell into place.
Nelay wanted to sag in relief, but the blasted bodice was too tight. She would have been far more at ease in her simpler, modest acolyte robes, but meeting with the high priestess required full ceremonial attire. And afterward, Nelay had a king to seduce. She sighed. “It wasn’t this snug at the fire dance.”
Jezzel collapsed on her bed in their tiny acolytes’ room, fanning her face with her hands. “Yes, well, tell your bosoms that,” she teased.
Nelay sat down to pull on her adorable little boots with tips that curled up like a new vine.
“I wouldn’t do that. One of those things is likely to pop out.” Jezzel snorted at her own joke.
Nelay looked down at her full breasts, which threatened a rebellion against the plunging neckline. She shot Jezzel a withering look, and the other girl’s snort turned into a burst of laughter. Nelay couldn’t help but chuckle in return. Perhaps she should be more nervous. But then, the priestesses had trained her to win the game of fire since she’d arrived at the temple seven years ago. All she had to do was align the players perfectly. And if anyone excelled at winning games, it was Nelay Arel Mandana ShaBejan.
She stood, and the silk slid like water across her hips. Her fingers traced the cinnamon-colored tattoos that fanned across her temples before winding along the shaved scalp just above her ears and ending at the nape of her neck. They displayed her rank as the most powerful acolyte in the temple. “How do I look, Jez?”
Jezzel’s gaze traveled critically over Nelay’s bodice, her bare midriff, the voluminous trousers, tight only around her waist and ankles, so they flared like bells. “Good enough to distract a king,” Jezzel finally said.
Nelay wiggled her eyebrows. “That’s the goal.”

She left their room and stepped into the priestesses’ private courtyard, squinting against the bright sun. To her right were the sand-filled training grounds. To her left, the stables. Directly before her was the temple. And beyond that, the Summer Palace.


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