Stand Alone Novel
Book 4
By: Hope Ann

The Stealthmaster’s Shadow: A Twelve Dancing Princesses Novella

Hope Ann

Verus specializes in finding people, like members of the secret midnight meetings the tyrannical city governor wants hunted down.

With only the scribbled clues of a former comrade and a hidden pair of shapeless slippers concealed beneath a windowsill, Verus begins his search.

He has three days to find these so-called Subverters.

Finding and handing them over, however, are two very different things. Especially when the infuriatingly distracting woman he’s taken to calling “Princess” gets involved.

As the seemingly simple investigation becomes more and more complicated, Verus battles nightmares from his past and rising threats in the present.

But he knows from experience that decisions are never easy. Especially when duty conflicts with love.

Because fleeing will only make the enemy stronger. But staying…

Staying could doom them all.

A retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Stealthmaster’s Shadow weaves the timeless elements of high stakes, mysterious midnight escapades, and tattered slippers with threads of wit, danger, and failure.

The fourth novella in the Legends of Light series, is a short stand-alone story and contains a handful of allegorical themes.

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Hope Ann likes to think herself a dragon-riding, griffin-taming founder of worlds and explorer of legends. Using chocolate, she bribes a wide ring of spies, from the realm leapers of Aslaria to the double agents of Elkbend, for their stories.

She thrives on frost, steel, and the tears of her readers which she secretly mixes into iced coffee. Deep in her hobbit hole, her actual life involves staying up too late writing, reading, researching stab wounds, and struggling to remember the difference between ‘effect’ and ‘affect’.

Based in Indiana, she is the self-published author of the Legends of Light series. Hope Ann helps other writers as a personal writing coach and works for Story Embers. You can find out more about her at


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