The Descent of the Phoenix by Morgan Cooper
The Unification Saga Book 1
Aschyllia often skipped doing her chores around the farm to play with her best friend, but getting caught up in a conflict between warring siblings wasn't part of the lazy day she had planned when she sneaked out of her grandfather's house one morning.
When, after searching for her friend, the girl finds Kalia and her baby hiding in a forest near her home, Aschyllia tries to do the right thing and lend them aid – and in doing so, makes her friend and herself targets for Kalia's brother, whose grip on power is challenged by his sister's very existence despite her long ago discarding the proof of her birthright, a jewel-adorned phoenix pendant, so that she might live free of her name.
With the help of her best friend, faithful canine, and an unexpected guardian, Aschyllia struggles to keep herself safe while aiding Kalia to return home and challenge her brother.
But Kalia's brother isn't about to let anyone get in the way of his ambitions, especially not a farm girl and her friends, and Kalia can't even begin to imagine how far her brother is willing to go to cement his grip on power.
Can Aschyllia and her friends keep themselves safe? Can Kalia find a way to stop her brother's schemes? Or is war between the descendants of the Phoenix inevitable?