So things are looking up since last week. Thanks to a great suggestion from Liz on how to start it, and a helpful link from Rena on how to bring it home, I've got a decent query going for The Book of Lost Runes.
However, much like with everything else in this job, I could use some feedback. The query's below the cut, and I'd appreciate any input. Thanks. ^_^
Shiloh Donovan ruined her family’s fortunes with a kiss. She and Alexi RiLeon were meant to be the brides in two arranged marriages to the sons of House Figaro, but their kiss brought that deal crashing down. Ten years later, Edwin Figaro comes to Shiloh with a job that requires her utmost secrecy. In return, he offers a chance to restore her family’s fortunes.
But Alexi has been busy over the past decade. She’s discovered House Figaro is smuggling artifacts out of Cordobrae, the magic-infused desert wasteland she calls home. When Alexi and Shiloh reunite, they rekindle their long-lost romance, and share all they know of what House Figaro has to hide. They convince Edwin to include Alexi in his job offer, while plotting to dig up all his house’s secrets and use them to make him sweeten the deals.
What Shiloh and Alexi learn goes deeper than any under-the-table dealings. House Figaro is in league with House Daedalus, a minotaur family seeking to restore their peoples’ long-lost empire. To aid this conquest, House Daedalus seeks three books of the ancient magic that created Cordobrae.
Shiloh and Alexi steal one of the books from House Daedalus, but also learn that the minotaurs’ first step in forcibly recreating their empire is an attack on Targen, Shiloh’s home city. To save her home and keep the minotaurs from creating a new wasteland, Shiloh must delve into the ancient magic herself, and learn the mysteries of The Book of Lost Runes.
Airships, blackmail, and ancient magic collide in THE BOOK OF LOST RUNES, a fantasy novel of 80,000 words. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.