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The Lost Heir


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Saved from death by a warrior/healer at the desert wind's guidance, Button grows up seeking home. But her journey "home" is treacherous...

When Button is discovered in the desert on the brink of death by a woman not far from her own, the desert's winds have other plans for Button's destiny. Raised to survive as a healer and independent warrior, Button knows she must find her place among the People, her mentor's nomadic clansmen (who believe the two outcasts to be spirits of the dead).

Her mentor's passing, though, drives her on a journey of self-discovery, crossing her path with a man searching for the rings she bears around her neck - the ring of the natural-born (and long-lost) heir to a nearby kingdom.

In a story that merges epic fantasy, court intrigue with dark twists similar to Game of Thrones, and a theme reminiscent of Anastasia (but with a strong, warrior protagonist), The Lost Heir is truly a fantasy epic I loved reading.

There is no shortage of villains, as Button and her companions seek out the true heir (and Button's older brother) in harrowing cross-country and seaside adventures/trials.

I was a little worried when I opened the book and saw a several-pages-long glossary, but every page kept me on the edge of my seat and I did not get lost in the story. The world-building is rich and I could imagine myself there with Button and her friends.

The Lost Heir is a brilliant epic fantasy that will sweep you away into the world, have you hanging on ever development of every character, and caught off-guard by the unpredictable twist. I cannot wait for book two, and I highly recommend book one to any lover of true Epic Fantasy/LitRPG novels!

**Trigger Warnings: Child abandonment and death, torture and gore, slavery and human trafficking, drugging, assisted suicide (lack of action from observer)**

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I am a USA Today Bestselling author and developmental editor with 10+ years of experience. I am a huge fan of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, J.R.R. Tolkien, Clare B. Dunkle, and Timothy Zahn. I also enjoy indie works by Nicole Wells, Andrei Saygo, and Luke Courtney.

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Chris Gourley is an artist, playwright, mother, and dreamer steeped in the oral storytelling traditions of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The worlds created in her mind are forever pulling her down enticing pathways that beg to be shared. view profile

Published on June 14, 2021

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90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Epic Fantasy

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