Today we are very excited to be spotlighting Blood & Steel by Helen Scheuerer, author of The Oremere Chronicles and the Curse of the Cyren Queen quartet.

Read on for a glimpse before Blood & Steel releases February 16th!

Perfect for fans of The Bridge Kingdom, From Blood and Ash and The Witcher, BLOOD & STEEL is an epic romantic fantasy with enemies-to-lovers, slow-burn spice, found family, and a sprawling world of magic and monsters.

With her death foretold, Althea Zoltaire only has three years to become what she’s always dreamed of being: a warrior legend. Women are forbidden to wield blades, so she has trained in secret her entire life. Now racing against the clock, she fights to secure her place in the elite guild charged with the protection of the five kingdoms.
The sparring and hazing of the new trainees border on deadly, but
even more dangerous is her growing attraction to Wilder Hawthorne, her unwilling warrior chaperone.
All around them, schemes are afoot and darkness looms. Will Althea pass the perilous initiation test and take her place as
a champion of Thezmarr – or will the invading evil snatch away her dream before it starts?
If you like fierce sword-wielding heroines and brooding, tortured heroes, you will devour this sexy, addictive fantasy adventure.

Blood & Steel is the gripping first book in the heart-pounding, epic romantic fantasy series, The Legends of Thezmarr.

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Althea Zoltaire’s death had been carved in stone since she was a small child. That was how she knew, as she crept through a realm on the brink of darkness, that the world was not ending. Not yet. 

Lighting split the sky, chased by the crack of thunder and as Thea inched along the bluff, she savoured the rich scent of the incoming storm, revelling in the chaos it threatened to unleash. She shouldn’t be up here, but she had learnt long ago to take destiny into her own hands, regardless of the rules. 

Heart pounding, Thea scoured the rocks for a hiding spot. The meet was due to happen at any moment, here on the black cliffs, hemmed in by jagged mountains and savage seas, where giant waves barrelled through the clouds. A terrifying place to most, it was the only home she had ever known; the wild landscapes and the cold, sharp lines of Thezmarr. She had next to no memories of what had come before she and her sister, Elwren, had been left beneath the maw of the fortress portcullis. 

Thea turned her attention back to the rendezvous point. There was no sign of them, not a whisper in the wind. With an impatient sigh, she toyed with the fate stone around her neck, running her thumb over the number engraved there, the number she was bound by in this life. 

Twenty-seven. The age she would die. Just three more years until her death would come to pass; a destiny she didn’t fear, but resented. For three short years was no time at all for a woman to become what she wanted to become: a legend.

*Meet the Author: Helen Scheuerer*

Helen Scheuerer is the fantasy author of the bestselling series, The Oremere Chronicles and the Curse of the Cyren Queen quartet. Her work has been highly praised for its strong, flawed female characters and its action-packed plots. Her books have often been likened to Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series, and the epic #girlpower film, Wonderwoman.
Helen’s love of writing and books led her to pursue a Bachelor of Creative Writing, majoring at the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney. Now a full-time author, Helen lives amidst the mountains in New Zealand and is constantly dreaming up new stories.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ TikTok 

Title: Blood & Steel
Series Title: The Legends of Thezmarr
Number of Books: 1 (of 4+)
Page Count: approx 550
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Publisher/Imprint: Alchemy
Genre: Epic romantic fantasy, dark fantasy
Formats: ebook, paperback, hardcover (audio TBC)
Audience: Suitable for adults (18+)

Head over to Helen’s website to download your FREE copy of An Alchemist’s Vow, the prequel novella to The Legends of Thezmarr, before the release of Blood & Steel on February 16, 2023.

Click here to be taken to my review for Blood & Steel and here for an Interview with author Helen Scheuerer!