The Raven and the Dove (The Raven and the Dove #1)
By Kaitlyn Davis
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Release Date: March 9th 2020
Four fates collide in this avian-inspired, epic fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo!
Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you’ll never see coming, don’t miss The Raven and the Dove!
Guest Post: Writing A Forbidden Romance
The quintessential component to any forbidden romance is, in my option, the stakes! They have to be high, so high you see no possible way these two people can be together without totally destroying their lives or the lives of the people around them. You need to feel the agony of their separation. You need to feel the yearning between them. You need to pine when they pine.
Sounds fun, right? Well, if your answer is yes, my book The Raven and the Dove might just be for you!
One of the reasons I adore the story of Tristan and Isolde is because of the impossibility of their love. It’s not just a princess yearning for someone other than her betrothed (a common trope). There are so many more layers keeping these two lovers apart. Two kingdoms are at war, and if the marriage falls through innocent people will die. King Mark is Tristan’s uncle, so giving into his feelings means betraying his family and someone who is like a father to him. On the other side, King Mark is kind—not an evil tyrant—so Isolde would never want to hurt him. Not to mention, getting caught would likely mean death. The stakes ARE SO HIGH!
Okay, you might be saying right now—Isn’t Tristan and Isolde a tragedy? Yes… Yes, it is. In this particular tale, the stakes are so high, maybe a bit too high, that everything goes to hell. BUT one of the nice aspects of a retelling is I get to make the story my own.
In my story, the bond between Lyana and Rafe is about more than a love potion. When they first meet, they’re forced to share their deepest secrets—each possesses forbidden magic—and in doing so, they’re able to be more vulnerable and honest with each other than they’ve ever been before. Being together means being free to be who they are, something neither of them ever imagined possible. But, of course, there are a few things in the way.
Lyana is betrothed to Prince Xander, a sweet and noble prince who happens to be Rafe’s half-brother. Betraying Xander would destroy Rafe. And for Lyana, following her heart would mean ruining a man who’s been nothing but good to her and a kingdom that’s done nothing but accept her.
That’s not all.
Did I mention that these characters all have wings and live on islands floating high above the clouds? No? Go with it. Because thousands of feet below, in a land enshrouded by fog, a king believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and he wants her for himself—no matter the cost.
Don’t worry—I won’t give away how it all comes together (you have to read the book!), but I think you’ll agree, the stakes are high, which sets the stage for a nail-biting forbidden romance. Now I just need to figure out how to let them live happily ever after…but that’s a problem for the sequel!
What do you think is the most important aspect of writing a forbidden romance? What are some of your favorite forbidden romances?
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