Title: CAENUS AND THE QUIVER OF ARTEMIS
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy/Romance
A young prince in ancient Greece tests his mettle at the grueling Isthmian Games and along the way, finds a love worth fighting for. A young princess risks her father’s alliances to find her heart’s companion, and discovers a love worth dying for. Caenus And The Quiver Of Artemis is complete at 52,100 words.
Desperate to prove his worth to a disapproving father, Caenus of Iolkos, an unassuming and undistinguished prince, competes tooth and nail in the Games against the best princes from across the Hellenic world. A victory could erase his father’s doubts, but could a loss deepen the divide?
Disgusted with the customary arranged marriage social construct, Kalliste, princess of Samos, travels under an assumed name to the Isthmian Games to find her true love. Will the deception derail her plans?
While competing in the Games against the gleaming backdrop of Corinth, Caenus meets two people who alter his life's path; Makedon, a brash and ruthless prince from Neapolis, and Adriande, a peasant girl from Corinth who is not all she seems. Romance brews between Caenus and the elusive Adriande, who is actually Kalliste, and she promises to wed him if he wins the Games. The only problem is, her hand is already promised to another prince, Makedon.
The hands of the gods guide Caenus and Makedon toward a final showdown in the Games, where an unethical act is performed to secure victory- the genesis of what becomes a bitter rivalry fueled by bad blood. Tension roils to a fevered pitch when Caenus is later blindsided by the revelation that Adriande is actually Kalliste, Makedon’s bride-to-be. Tempers flare, leading to an all-or-nothing fight for Kalliste’s hand, thrusting Caenus into a set of events that test his faith, his mettle, and his love, sending him to the Underworld and back.
I taught high school for six years. Mythology has been a lifelong passion of mine, which shows through in my passionate personification of the gods.
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