I know everyone is buzzing for the release of Cassandra Clare’s Chain of Iron next year, but there is also her first adult novel Sword Catcher to look forward to and today I do have some news for you. The bad news first: the book will not be published in 2021, but in 2022. The good news, though, is that we do have a brand new and exciting synopsis for Sword Catcher thanks to Cassie’s website.
It began with a theft. The theft of a boy.
Or, perhaps more accurately, the theft of a boy’s life and future. Young orphan Kel could never have expected a grand life in the vibrant port city of Castellane if fate had not intervened, but fate did. At the tender age of 8, he is removed from his orphanage and offered a unique position: to become Sword Catcher to Conor, Prince of Castellane and heir to its throne. Kel will be raised in luxury in the palace alongside Conor, trained and educated as befits a royal, and given every advantage in life–with one notable exception: His life will never be his own again. Bespelled to resemble Conor, Kel essentially becomes Conor for any occasions where the prince might be in danger, or at which he would rather not put in an appearance. He is Conor’s double, his shadow self, tied forever to a person he both loves and resents–and from whom he might never be free.
Eleven years on, tensions are growing–both personal and political. Conflicts with the neighboring countries are high, and Conor’s betrothal might be the only thing to calm the waters–an idea that Conor is furious about. And Kel is starting to chafe under the restrictions of his position, realizing as he grows how very many of the things he wants–like love and stability and a place to call his own–are simply not possible. But it is not until Kel catches an assassin’s arrow meant for Conor that things really begin to escalate, for it is then that he meets Lin–a young healer and a member of the only people still to hold a trace of magic. An outcast of society like him, Lin has her own ambitions and desires, and this fateful meeting is about to set a chain of events into motion that could alter the very fabric of both of their worlds.
I will be waiting patiently for this to be released in 2022 because this sounds amazing! But that’s not all: there is also a really cool cover placeholder and although it is not the final version, I think we can expect another killer cover. 😉
What do you think of the new synopsis and are you looking forward to Cassie’s first adult novel? Sound off in the comments!
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