Phoenix (Book One of The Peradon Fantasy Series) is a Young Adult Fantasy novel, which was initially inspired by a previous romantic relationship, turned sour. The two main characters are polar opposites, a naive Princess of the Flame Realm and a Frost Realm Emperor with many dark secrets. I wanted to capture the significant difference between the two types of personalities and to demonstrate how one can bring nothing but destruction.
Princess Violetta is a meek character who suffers a great tragedy during her childhood years. Not only is there a plot to see her assassinated, but when she turns fifteen she is expected to marry. Violetta is also somewhat of a rebel at times and resists her father's attempts to lecture her on the subject of suitors, all the while wishing to live a life free of the demands of others.
Her counterpart, Emperor Ryore, is the eldest heir to the Frost Realm throne. As a child, he was infatuated with Violetta from the moment he saw her and becomes more obsessed as time goes on. When he hears that she has turned fifteen, he does all he can to impress her, including saving her life.