by Sherwood Smith
The Crown Duel generation: Two novelettes about Mel’s and Vidanric’s offspring, Prince Alaraec (“Court Ship”) and Elestra (“Beauty”). In the latter, the middle child, who thinks herself plain, meets a beautiful villain. Thus begins a duel of wits with unexpected results.
In “Court Ship” Prince Raec and his best friend, Nadav Savona, go on a mission to court a princess.