Query Attempt I

Dear [Agent];

The elfin High Prince is dead. Nahldria, a novice priestess, is recalled to the capital as the new heir. The solemn stone walls of the Holy City give way to the treetop maze of the sprawling Keritnas, her plain priest’s robes to chains of gold. The whispers of the Eight Gods fade from her ears and the divine magics wither from her fingers, leaving only bitterness in their place.

Plagued by the double loss of her brother and her dream, she finds unexpected solace in her engagement to Heir Prince Enthiln of neighboring Emmaria. But her happiness is short-lived as her fiance deploys to the distant northern border to quell a spreading border dispute. Nahldria learns of his capture just before a surprise attack on the capital itself rips her from all she knows, and she finds herself fleeing blindly through the wilderness. With another pitiless winter closing in, she travels north, desperate to find her missing fiance, and trailing a string of unexplained deaths in her wake. She narrowly evades capture only to learn she is stepping into a much subtler trap. To fall into it would make her a slave forever. To avoid it could doom the world itself.

Set in a realm akin to Lucas’ Shadow Moon or Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, City of the Dead is a 120,000 word New Adult epic fantasy with series potential. The full manuscript is available on request. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Jill Marcotte

This one’s pretty generic. I don’t have it specifically addressed to a particular agent yet, so I don’t know what I would be putting for all that jazz, but this is the stuff just about the book itself that will probably find its way to everyone I send this to. Do let me know what you think!

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