THE FALSE PRINCE meets DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING
In the northern countries, female sailors are executed. It’s an inconvenience Lane has learned to deal with. She’d rather disguise herself as a boy than forfeit adventure at sea. But her disguise gets complicated when the king’s too-charming son recruits her on a dangerous mission to save the very kingdom that would see her dead.
When pirates capture the prince and his nation’s fate falls into her hands, Lane realizes her heart may have committed the ultimate betrayal. Now she must decide where her loyalty lies—with the ocean she loves or a boy she can never have.
My father’s betrayal came as I stood at the cabin door, fist raised to knock. His conversation with his first mate inside was so ordinary that I almost didn’t see it for what it was.
“Get another five barrels of rice and ten lengths of line while you’re out,” he said. “Oh, and send this missive to Nara with the post.”
My fist dropped of its own accord. Nara. Father hadn’t uttered her name since I’d boarded the Majesty eleven years before. She was always “that woman” or “your mum,” the tainted shadow of a life long past for us both.
I leaped aside so I wouldn’t be seen through the stained glass and plastered myself against the doorframe, rigid as the bowsprit leading our charge. Heavy raindrops splattered on my forehead as I strained to hear through the wall.
“You’ve made your decision then, Captain?”
“The Hughen inspection teams have been doubled, order of High Inspector Varnen. It’s too dangerous for Lane to stay.”
My fists tightened until they hurt. Father was giving up. Well, Varnen could fall on his own dagger for all I cared.
I wasn’t leaving.