The Vitruvian Heir

By L.S. Kilroy

Sci-Fi | Paperback, eBook


First, a series of natural disasters devastated the land. Then came the famine. Soon, fear and panic spread throughout the United States. And out of the rubble of a broken nation, rose an empire. That is how Vitruvia was born. Vitruvia, established during the regime of a heartless emperor and governed by an arrogant ruling class. Here society has regressed to repressive Victorian standards. Women have slowly lost their rights and those who rebel are severely punished. Bishops and lords impose their will on the segregated regions, but no one pays much heed to the Nits – rundown areas often unofficially policed by bribed criminals and inhabited by the poor, the desperate, and the dregs of society. Lorelei Fetherston is a daughter of the aristocracy. Inherently rebellious, eighteen-year-old Lore is torn between accepting her impending role as a dutiful wife or escaping to the bordering nation of Hopespoke to seek the truth behind her grandmother’s secret legacy. There everyone is free and, according to legend, an enigmatic woman runs an underground squadron of girls and wields much influence. There Lore could pursue her writing without fear of punishment. But this isn’t her only dilemma. Following graduation, she is to wed to her childhood friend, Gideon, but her heart is with their mutual best friend, Fallon, the current emperor’s ward and heir to the throne. Then one fateful night everything changes. Her free-spirited friend, Sawyer, is in grave danger and Lore is forced to make a critical decision. From mysterious woodland strangers to underground clubs to spectacular fêtes and a clandestine rebellion, Lore’s life is about to change forever…that is, if she can survive.


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First, a series of natural disasters devastated the land. Then came the famine. Soon, fear and panic spread throughout the United States. And out of the rubble of a broken nation, rose an empire. That is how Vitruvia was born. Vitruvia, established during the regime of a heartless emperor and governed by an arrogant ruling class. Here society has regressed to repressive Victorian standards. Women have slowly lost their rights and those who rebel are severely punished. Bishops and lords impose their will on the segregated regions, but no one pays much heed to the Nits – rundown areas often unofficially policed by bribed criminals and inhabited by the poor, the desperate, and the dregs of society. Lorelei Fetherston is a daughter of the aristocracy. Inherently rebellious, eighteen-ye...


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L.S. Kilroy is an irreverent sort of person who likes to write about things. Writer is a title that has driven her both personally and professionally. As a communications professional, she has been a writer, editor, and educator in the corporate, nonprofit, and public education sectors. In her personal work, she has written several short stories and two other yet unpublished novels. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Merrimack College. When she’s not writing, she loves being creative in the kitchen, belting out show tunes, traveling, entertaining friends, reading, and scouting out vintage finds at consignment shops. Her next release will be a compilation of short stories and she is also working on a new novel set in the late 1960s.


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L.S. Kilroy is an irreverent sort of person who likes to write about things. Writer is a title that has driven her both personally and professionally. As a communications professional, she has been a writer, editor, and educator in the corporate, nonprofit, and public education sectors. In her personal work, she has written several short stories and two other yet unpublished novels. She holds a Ma...


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