Avery is a sweeping, romantic fantasy novel about loss and identity, and finding the courage to love against all odds.
'Prepare to have your heart and soul and imagination invaded.' Isobelle Carmody
'Beautifully written and grippingly told.' Sophie Masson
The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years – until Ava.
For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava’s plan is interrupted when she is captured by the deadly prince of her enemies.
Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true . . .
In a violent country like Pirenti, where emotion is scorned as a weakness, can he find the strength to fight for the person he loves . . . even when she’s his vengeful enemy?
“'The people of Kaya die in pairs. So it is and will always be. Which is how I know, as I seep onto the cool stone flaggings, that she too will die tonight.' From those intriguing and spine-chilling first words, I was hooked by this beautiful fantasy novel which not only delivers surprises, suspense, a magical but dark world and great action, but also a moving and powerful exploration of love,loss and second chances. Avery and Ava are lovers who are bonded together, as all Kaya lovers are; and whether that is curse or gift, no-one can decide. All that anyone knows is that without fail, if one dies, so does the other. So when on a dangerous mission together to assassinate the vicious Pirenti Queen, one of the lovers dies--so should the other. Only this time, it doesn't happen, and Ava survives... And it's lonely, being the first of your kind to survive. So terribly lonely that in a way you become the other, the lost beloved. And all you care about is revenge. And then you fall into the hands of your sworn and bitter enemies, into the heart of the realm of Pirenti. A barbarian realm of brutality and violence, where love is seen as weakness and power is the only strength. Nothing good can ever come from these people. Or so the Kaya have always believed. On the other side, Prince Ambrose of Pirenti has always been taught to regard the Kaya with nothing but hatred and contempt. Violence and rage are his birthright, his duty. Or so he's always been led to believe by his harsh, cruel mother, while his brother Thorne, married to the frail, lovely Roselyn, but unable to express his love for his wife for fear of being thought a weakling, is even more invaded by the darkness that plagues the realm. But when Ambrose begins to realise that the feelings he begins to have for the captured Kaya prisoner are not at all what he expected, a chain of events is triggered which will transform all their lives, and their realms, forever. Is there a chance for love, or will it be conquered by hate? Beautifully written and grippingly told, this first installment of the Chronicles of Kaya sweeps the reader into an unforgettable world.”
“This book is so sad and so full of hope at the same time, terrifyingly beautiful and bittersweet . . . Avery has it all: dark magic, villains, heroes, flying horses, a dramatic plot with turns and twists, characters that you adore and villains to hate and last but not least a hauntingly beautiful romance. I cried a river over this book. All the characters in the story handle love, loss and an endless ocean of grief in such a realistic, emotional way. And the author has a way of making me care . . . I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Charlotte McConaghy has created a vibrant magical world full of emotions, fleshed out characters, kick-ass action and a bittersweet love story.”
“If you love romance, alpha men (I mean really ALPHA men), magic, mystery and some down right epic fights than you will love this story! I will definitely be reading the next book in The Chronicles of Kaya!”
“Avery is first installment in The Chronicles of Kaya by Charlotte McConaghy that will be fascinating, appealing and enchanting read for fans of high fantasy and unique romance stories. Every fan of Gracling Trilogy will swoon over this book. This exceptional novel will bring you to new world of passion and love that has no borders and start a journey you’ll never forget . . . I can’t express in words how much I’ve enjoyed reading Avery, I don’t want to spoil you fun, so I can’t say more, and believe me, it hurts to keep my mouth shut about Ava’s journey. It is excruciating and at the same time hopeful. This captivating story got me hooked from the beginning. I have never read a high fantasy novel with so many feelings.”
“WOW!!! It has been a really long time that I’ve enjoyed a fantasy book this much! It’s strange. It’s refreshingly new! It’s romantic in a painful way. It’s violent. It’s… it’s… it’s GREAT!!!”
“Oh my lordy! That was the craziest ride I’ve been on for a while – I’m exhausted. Someone fetch me my Valium and a tumbler of gin! This world is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Not only is it full of bad-assery, but it’s also heartbreakingly sad and full of eloquent expressions of love, suffering and the human condition.”
The Urban Book Thief, Goodreads
“If I could give it more than 5 stars I will and I´ve definitely become a fan of Charlotte Macgonaghy and I cannot wait to read the second book.”
Azahara Arenas (Living in Our Own Story Blog), Goodreads
“I definitely recommend this book! Romance and fantasy lovers both should consider picking it up!”
Candace's Book Blog, Goodreads