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This Crumbling Pageant

(The first book in the Fury Triad series)
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Get swept away into the first book of an award-winning dark YA fantasy series combining sorcery and magic, Arthurian legend turned upside down, and a coming of age that leaves Persephone Fury choosing between love and honour, between desire and destiny.

Winner, Golden Quill for best Romantic Fantasy in 2015

England, 1811. As fashionable Society streams toward London for the start of a new social season, they are unaware of a hidden magical England existing alongside. The Magi cathedrals are temples to the old gods. Reigning on their throne is not poor mad George, but the ailing King Pellinore of the House of Pendragon. But their wars are no less deadly.

The Fury family is known for its extraordinary music, its powerful magic, and its historic role as kingmakers. But the Furys have their secrets as well, none so dangerous as the daughter whose Shadow magic spills from her, unchecked. Unless her powers are concealed, she's not only ruined in Society, but marked as a target for those who would use and abuse her magic.

Persephone Fury is the Dark daughter, the one they hide.

But desperate times call for desperate measures, and a good marriage for this frightening daughter is desperately needed. On the night of her debut, her world comes crumbling down around her when she is abducted from the man she loves by the man she most loathes.

Evil powers circle, calling her to the destiny foretold at the moment of her birth, drawing her to the source of her power, to the one place she can finally be free.

By embracing the Shadows, by embracing the Darkness within her.

Persephone is ruthless, devious, and clever, but when confronted with the truth, she must make horrifying choices.

Can she defy destiny and seize her own fate?

So when the last and dreadful hour
This crumbling pageant shall devour,
The trumpet shall be heard on high,
The dead shall live, the living die,
And music shall untune the sky.
~John Dryden, 1687


"This first in the Fury Triad series features a rich blend of fantasy, romance, historical fiction and mythology, and is bound to bewitch readers who favor any or all of these genres... This fantastic story, with an ending that hints of possible dark days to come in Magi England, will have readers eagerly looking forward to Burroughs' next enchanting tale." RT Book Reviews -- 4.5 Stars

"This Crumbling Pageant is an exhilarating blend of court politics, folklore, romance, and mystery- the threads all woven together into one expertly designed tapestry. Persephone is a balanced, intriguing, and honestly fun female protagonist. She is not the prettiest, she is not the tomboy stereotype, instead she is delightfully difficult to pin down and define. The whole Fury family breathes life into the setting, pulling the plot through its paces." 5 Stars - April Steenburgh, Amazon Vine Voice

"If you took Harry Potter, changed him to Harriet and moved his birthday back almost 200 years, you might get this book. Might. Like Harry Potter, this world of This Crumbling Pageant is imaginative and vividly drawn. There is no school of witchcraft and wizardry, but there is a tutor who practices a form a Legilimancy (and who is very likely to remind the reader of Severus Snape on occasion).... This book caught my attention because it was listed as one of those daily deals on a blog site. I picked it up because I love fantasy. I don't regret it for a moment." 5 Stars - USA Today Best-Selling Author Ashlyn Macnamara


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Used availability for Patricia Burroughs's This Crumbling Pageant

Hardback Editions

April 2014 : USA Hardback

Title: This Crumbling Pageant: Book One of the Fury Triad
Author(s): Patricia Burroughs
ISBN: 1-940699-04-5 / 978-1-940699-04-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Story Spring Publishing, LLC
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

March 2014 : USA Paperback

Title: This Crumbling Pageant (The Fury Triad) (Volume 1)
Author(s): Patricia Burroughs
ISBN: 1-940699-03-7 / 978-1-940699-03-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Story Spring Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

April 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: This Crumbling Pageant (The Fury Triad Book 1)
Author(s): Patricia Burroughs
Publisher: Story Spring Publishing, LLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA