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Get swept away in the world of Rae Carson's acclaimed, epic, New York Times best-selling Girl of Fire and Thorns series with these three novellas. Before Hector was Commander of the Royal Guard and Elisa's true love, he was a young new recruit. In The King's Guard, watch him prove himself - and uncover a secret that he must keep forever. In The Shadow Cats, discover how Elisa's rivalry with her older sister looks from Alodia's point of view, and why Alodia agrees to marry her sister off to King Alejandro. And in The Shattered Mountain, learn how Mara survived her village's destruction before she became Elisa's best friend and handmaiden.

A must-have for every fan of Rae Carson's stunning fantasy trilogy!

©2013 Rae Carson (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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The three stories relate incredible bravery of three characters. There is the wise princess who must fight beast, man, sorcerer and politics to save her kingdom. Then an eloping village girl who leads a group of children to escape the blue eyed invaders; it costs her dearly. Finally a palace lad who enters the palace guard training, taunted for among other things carrying a blanket made for him by the queen. The back stories include the foolish royal father who let his kingdom grow weak, the physically abusive village priest who beats his daughter and a businessman who disfigures his pregnant daughter for her failure to bring him wealth. The latter two are killed by the daughters in order to escape. Greek tragedies clothed in modern gender politics and placed in medieval kingdoms.