Elly Ha (ellyha_eh on QT) has signed with agent Thao Le of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
After her mother is murdered by traitors to the kingdom, Princess Iseul of Kang Cor relinquishes her royal title to devote herself as Captain of the Royal Guard, vowing to protect her people from the kingdom's long-lasting enemies. Across the sea, soft-hearted and sheltered Saya ekes out an oppressed life beneath the despotism of her father, the Emperor of Ilboren.
The night Ilboren invades Kang Cor, Iseul and her retinue just barely survive the savage attack on their homeland. When her people are punished and killed for being unable to read the Empire's edicts written in Ilborenese characters, Iseul begins plotting revenge on the Empire. Fighting alone and hurt, however, leads her down a path only of senseless carnage and shame.
Saya, now the puppet queen of Kang Cor, comes face-to-face with the regime's brutality. Without an ounce of power to her name, she finds a way to defy her ruthless father: by creating an alphabet unique to the Corian people. Saya disguises herself as a noble-turned-slave, risking her life to spread the language for the people to use so they may read the laws and survive.
Their first meeting nearly ends in blood, but the two slave princesses soon unite as allies coordinating a silent rebellion. When the heavens bring them together as invader and avenger, however, a horrible twist has them both running for their lives from the Empire that wants them and their work burned from history.
[TITLE] is a dark YA epic fantasy complete at 110,000 words, appealing to fans of gritty but hope-filled fantasies like An Ember in the Ashes.