The Lost Continent by Catherine Asaro
The Charmed Sphere
The Lost Continent #1
The Charmed Sphere is the much-expanded story about a reluctant mage and an equally reluctant heir. Chime is living an idyllic life with her family in the rural hamlet of Jacob's Vale. But her life is turned upside down when one of the King of Aronsdale's most trusted advisers, searching the kingdom for shape-mages, identifies her as a promising mage with powerful undeveloped ability. Chime reluctantly agrees to travel to Castle Suncroft, where she is to be trained in the art of magecraft -- and also groomed for her marriage to Prince Muller, the heir to the throne of Aronsdale! Muller is the nephew to the king, and the last thing he wants to do is get married and rule a kingdom. He's more concerned with fashion than affairs of state. When the King of Aronsdale dies and Muller continues to postpone his royal ascension, the leader of a neighboring kingdom -- along with an insane mage bent on destroying Aronsdale -- sees the transition as the perfect time to strike.
The Misted Cliffs
The promise of peace rested on this young woman's noble vow: to marry Cobalt the Dark -- heir to a family of legendary cruelty. With only her uncontrolled spells to guide her, isolated in Cobalt's solitary home in the Misted Cliffs, knowing poisoned blood ran through her husband's veins, Mel struggled to embrace her unexpected mage powers and unveil the light in her shadowy new world -- including the radiance hidden in her husband's soul. For her enemies were gathering strength and they would soon unleash the darkest of evils in the name of war.In the final battle, Mel's ability to harness her magic would mean the difference between a harmonious world . . . and annihilation.
I got these books a long time ago when I was browsing Book Sale, attracted by the gorgeous covers drawn by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. I don't know why I haven't put them here before... Hmmm.... It's high fantasy and features a fascinating and different mythos about mages. From what I remember, I loved the story but it could get cliche at times but it had enough interesting elements that interested me till the end. I tried to look for the books after The Misted Cliffs at Book Sale and other bookstores but I can't find them. Huhuhu.