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Magic of Lies

(The Altira Series, Book 1)

by Joyce Gee


Princess Eirian Altira has always walked on a knife’s edge with flowers chasing her footsteps. Born with magic, she struggles to balance her ability to give life with the desire to kill. Raised by mages, the day comes when she must return home to a kingdom she left as a child, and a father she has not seen in 20 years. Surrounded by a strange court with expectations she was not prepared for, Eirian hides her magic until she’s faced with the choice between becoming queen or returning to the mages.

With secrets around every corner and war with a neighboring kingdom on the horizon, Eirian discovers her power means more than she realized. As does her long-standing friendship with the crown prince of the elven nation they’ve been allied with for generations. But the whispers in her mind and the rumors spreading through her court threaten everything Eirian holds dear, and she will do anything to protect the ones she loves.

With assassination attempts and rumors of war, Eirian proves to those around her that she is not one to hide from confrontation. Even when it risks her life.

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Praise & Reviews

“A compelling, well thought out story which leaves you wanting more.” —Early Reader Review

The Altira Series is fast-paced, witty, and instantly became my new favorite fantasy series. Joyce Gee built a beautifully rich and diverse world. The Altira Series deserves a home on any fantasy lovers’ bookshelf alongside George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Sarah J. Maas. With so many enchanting characters, you’ll be rooting for them all. I highly recommend reading it!” —Alex Williams, editor

Joyce Gee


Joyce Gee is an Australian author based in Mandurah, Western Australia. Growing up among the rainforests of Far North Queensland, she loved to vanish into the other worlds hidden within the trees. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys drinking tea, pottering around the garden with husband and their two children, or escaping with her camera to capture the beautiful landscape of Western Australia.

Books by Joyce Gee

Magic of Lies

Magic of Lies

Blood of Husks

Blood of Husks

Grave of Dandelions

Grave of Dandelions

With assassination attempts and rumors of war, Princess Eirian hides her magic until she’s faced with either becoming queen or returning to the mages who raised her. She is not one to hide from confrontation, even when it risks her life.

MAGIC OF LIES (1st Edition) - ISBNs:
Hardcover: 9781990158810
Paperback: 9781990158858
Ebook/Kindle: 9781990158865

Author: Joyce Gee
Editor: Alex Williams
Cover Design: Eric Williams
Map Illustrator: Dewi Hargreaves

MAGIC OF LIES (1st Edition) was released in February 2023.
394 Pages

ADULT FICTION (with Young Adult interest; it can be categorized as New Adult 16+)
Fantasy / Epic
Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Fantasy / General

Themes explored include: Epic fantasy; Adventure fiction; Love and relationships; Coming of age; Death, grief, loss; Interior life; Identity / belonging; Politics; Narrative theme: Social issues; Mythical creatures: elves.

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