The Lost Empress of Briarwood (Shadow Sovereign Book 1)
A twelve-year-old foster kid from Arizona finds himself in an unstable, magical world seething with political unrest. He’ll battle man-eating pegasi, tarantula fairies, and carnivorous mushrooms in order to rescue his sister and save the world.
Hayden regularly bails on the foster care system to run away with his sister Seraphina (Sera). During a routine escape from their respective group homes, Sera is knocked unconscious and dragged through a portal by conniving little goblins. Hayden jumps through the portal in an attempt to rescue his sister, but finds himself lost in an unstable world seething with political unrest. He must brave dragons, man-eating pegasi, tarantula fairies, carnivorous mushrooms, and his own bossy stubbornness in order to save his sister before a desperate, power hungry tyrant drains her of her life force and kills her.