We don’t need a crystal ball or any other YA fantasy powers to know that May is going to be the best month of the year. Why, you ask? Well, the weather here at Epic Reads HQ will be warmer, the sun will be shining, and, oh, did we mention? The Betrothed is hitting shelves on May 5th! Reader, believe us when we tell you that we’re counting down the days.
The Betrothed, for those unaware, is the glittering new fantasy novel from Kiera Cass!
We hope you’re ready to become utterly enamored with this new gilded romance and even more royal drama. And in case it’s not already at the top of your TBR—or if, like us, you just can’t wait to dive in—we’ve rounded up everything we know so far about this dazzling book!
EVERYTHING WE KNOW SO FAR
1. ‘The Betrothed’ is the start of a new series written by Kiera Cass, author of ‘The Selection’
Kiera Cass has already proven herself to be the queen of YA royal romance, so we know another seriously swoonworthy story is on the way! The Selection series is a bundle of pure, heart-aching joy, and over the course of the books delivered us one of the greatest love stories of all time. For so many of us book nerds, The Selection kickstarted our obsession with YA! It’s filled with characters we wish could be our best friends in real life, the most iconic lines we can still quote from memory, and an OTP that we will never ever get over.
“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
But don’t just take our word for it—you can find the love all over!
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2. There’s a new love story—and love triangle—on the way
The Betrothed drops us right in the heart of a brand new kingdom, and if you enjoyed The Selection‘s ship wars (remember the good ol’ days of #TeamMaxon vs. #TeamAspen?) we know you’ll love everything to come.
Hollis, our new heroine, has grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for King Jameson’s attention alongside all the other daughters of the nobility. So when the king declares his love for her, she’s shocked and thrilled. It’s a dream come true! But that’s not Hollis’s happy ending—in fact, it’s only the beginning. Because falling in love with a king and being crowned queen might not be everything she thought it was.
Then she meets someone else. A commoner, no less. And he seems to be able to see right into her heart. Could the future she really wants be one that she never imagined? We can barely think that far ahead, because we’re stuck on the fact that he’s a mysterious stranger. What does that even mean? Who is he?! And let’s not forget the tagline on the book:
The king has chosen her. Her heart belongs to another.
Could it be that Hollis’s choice is between the crown… and true love? Is anything in a Kiera Cass world exactly what it seems?! She’s a superstar author who knows how to turn up the drama, and we can’t wait to see everything Hollis has in store.
3. There were clues about ‘The Betrothed’ hidden in its announcement
Because she couldn’t spare our emotions even a little, Kiera teased us for a whole WEEK before The Betrothed was announced! She posted the most mysterious photos and captions on her Instagram:
And then she
infuriatingly adorably avoided providing any real answers to questions from fans.
Knowing that The Selection had an entire subplot about rebellion and revolution, we know that these books are going to be more than they appear. And with Kiera keeping us on our toes for just the announcement of the book, what kind of plot twists and turns will she add into The Betrothed?!
4. The book cover is a work of art
ICYMI, we got a behind-the-scenes look at the photoshoot for the shimmery gold perfect that is The Betrothed‘s cover! We may or may not want to live in the aesthetic of Hollis’s golden rooms.
5. Advanced copies of ‘The Betrothed’ are heading out into the wild…
Don’t miss your chance to attend the most regal event of the year ✨
Get ready for May 5th by preordering The Betrothed right now!