Angelique Addo (AngeliqueAddo on QT) has signed with agent Anne Tibbets of Donald Maass Literary Agency.
For Draxler Druen, the Vesperian Pits is more than just an underground fighting pit—it's a hell of the war god Vesper's own making, designed to turn even the most innocent of boys into hardened killers.
There is no mercy in the Pits. Just death. And for the past five years, that is all Draxler has ever known. But then his friend Grant Petruchio is convicted of the crime of attacking an honored Guild Head, and Draxler must watch in horror as his trial quickly turns into an execution. He is desperate to save Grant's life, even though he knows that trying to save anyone else will only ever get you killed, or worse—turn you into the monster that you've always feared becoming.
His greatest fear comes to pass when he is forced to whip Grant half to death and the Lord Elder Rose refuses to let him pay the blood price. But the reason that the Lord Elder Rose refused to let him die in Grant's place is more shocking still; he is to marry the Elder's daughter Amber Rose—childhood friend, boyhood crush, more beautiful than the goddess herself.
The curse that has been Draxler's life ever since his father's death turns into a blessing when he is finally able to see the world Above again, the world that he had forgotten amidst the Pits' dark, stone wrought depths.
But there is a price. There is always a price. And for Draxler, it is called the Vesperian deathmatches. Kill for the girl he loves or die for the boy he grew up with. And no matter what Draxler does, he knows that he cannot save them both.
OF BLOOD AND ROSES, complete at 90,000 words, is a work of young adult fantasy. It covers similar territory to works such as Kendare Blake's "Three Dark Crowns", Kristin Cashore's "Graceling" and more recently Tomi Adeyemi's "Children Of Blood and Bone".