Alathea: Goddess & Empress
by Dylan Madeley
Alathea was raised to rule, but the benevolent and deranged forces that hope to prepare her for the throne may create a monster. She’s torn between her father’s reign of empty order through terror and violence, and a magical path that could be completely illusory. In the end, she lives both.
Her father’s yearning to raise a strong and steadfast heir compromises what little time they spend together. Her tutor intends to help her be more sensible than her father, but he isn’t raising her alone. Her nurse manipulates her toward the control of the shadowy Seers.
This tragic story touches on loss, the insatiable hunger for control, the way people live stories and narratives, and the dangers of using conquest to strive for peace.