Lexicon Chase hated life. Every moment outside of her home was filled with bullies, and the things bullies did. Worse than that, there was nothing she could do about it. Her family was poor, if being an only child of a near destitute woman was a family. She was too young to work, not even the shop across the street from her home would hire her. She had no phone, no fashion, no hope, no dreams, and no future. What she did have was a heap of self-loathing and despair.
On one particularly hard day, Lexi’s world is turned upside down. First, her English teacher is replaced with a mysterious beauty more fit for the runway than a classroom. Then her bus driver is replaced with an odd, mountain of a woman with a familiar smile and protective nature. Then, without warning, her grandmother gives her the throne to an actual fantasy kingdom, a place called Everhope.
Immediately, Lexicon becomes immersed in an impossible dream world, a world filled with grandeur, with promise, and with wonder. It becomes her only escape from her life, and her daily schoolyard bullies. Only, as is always the case with Lexicon, there’s something very wrong with Everhope. In just a few days, Lexi can tell it is slowly falling to ruin, and she becomes desperate to save her new realm.
A curse is laid on Everhope, a curse no one has been able to break. The secret to its power might be hidden in a long dead druid’s den, which is hidden in an ancient forest, the location of which is written only once in history, in the scrolls of the harlequin. These ancient scrolls are stored in the Library of the Realm, itself long lost to history and myth.
Not all the citizens blame the decline of the realm on a curse. They blame the Holiday Royals, the rulers from another world for the ruin of the kingdom. To them, outsiders for have ruled Everhope far to long. To them, the rule of the Holiday Royals must end, by murder or marriage, to save the realm from complete destruction.
If Lexi is to save her new world and her new life, she must find the Library and retrieve the scrolls, something many Holiday Royals have tried and failed. Unlike those that came before, she must not only confront the dangers of a magic world still wild, but also challenge the Pure Everhopian’s scheme to see her rule ended before it even starts.