Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781442429697, 288pp.
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Riese has never been happy as a princess; she'd much rather be hunting or fighting than sitting through another lesson on court etiquette. When she meets Micah, a wandering artist with a mysterious past, she pretends to be a peasant--it's a chance to be just a normal girl with a normal boy for a while. But with war decimating her once-proud nation and the sinister clockwork Sect infiltrating her mother's court, Riese's moments with Micah are the only islands of sanity left in a world gone mad. As her kingdom falls and the Sect grows ever stronger, will Riese remain true to her duty as a princess...or risk everything on a boy she barely knows?
SyFy's enormously popular Riese webisodes come to literary life in this prequel rife with steampunk technology and medieval mysticism.
"Game of Thrones–lite powered by steam."--Kirkus Reviews
"Riese is a heroine any teenage girl can admire—she is emotionally and physically strong, intelligent, and independent...With well-written dialogue and a fast-moving plot, this book will be popular with teens who enjoy science fiction and fantasy."--VOYA
"Steampunk elements add to an entertaining mix that should please both seasoned fans and newcomers to the series."--Booklist