~Newest Chapter: String of Stardust, N/A~
~Newest Update: December 2nd, 2023
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Beloved Chronicles is a literary romantic fantasy webnovel series following a pair of reincarnating lovers and an imprisoned goddess on a centuries-long journey told with poetic prose and a bittersweet atmosphere, and prominently featuring neurodiverse, plus-size, and queer characters. It’s a passion project I’ve worked on, in some form, since 2010, as a love letter to those people and stories that have changed the trajectory of my life—and as a comfort whenever it’s seemed too much to bear.
What is presently finished of Beloved Chronicles can be found below in multiple formats. Currently I am working on String of Stardust: Volume Two and Pyre of Piety.
Please note that despite the soft aesthetics, this is a series written for adults and at times contains mature and upsetting subject matter. For a detailed list of content warnings, please go [here].
~Beloved Chronicles ✧ Part 1~
༻String of Stardust༺
Despite her status as a noblewoman, Suzette always dreamt of becoming a baker; however, she never had the courage to fly away from her gilded cage. But once an ill-arranged marriage pushes her to the brink, she escapes with the help of her dear friend Hikaru, a mysterious man who lonesomely wanders the Earth. By his side, Suzette discovers a magical world unlike any she believed could exist—and most surprising of all, that this is not the first time she has known Hikaru...nor the first time she has been in love with him.
But that life ended long ago. Suzette is an entirely new person, and much has changed in their decades of absence. As much as she wishes to recreate the idyllic life of her new memories, there may be no choice but to also recreate its tragedy.
|✧Prologue:Midnight Drums||✧XIII: The Twin Stars||✧XXVII: Two into One|
|✧I: From the Forest Floor||✧XIV: A Moment’s Rest||✧XXVII: Finding Footing|
|✧II: A Medley of Woe||✧XV: The Solstice Celebration||✧XXVIII: Reassurance|
|✧III: The Songbird’s Flight||✧XVI: Flower in the Snow||✧XXIX: Worries and Wine|
|✧IV: A New Dawn||✧XVII: On the Outskirts||✧XXX: The Love of Wildflowers|
|✧V: A Fluttering Feeling||✧XIII: Cacophony||✧XXXI: Bare Hearts|
|✧VI: Morning’s Embrace||✧XIX: The Thirty-Year Secret||✧XXXII: Castle Ruins|
|✧VII: Bitter Dreams, Sweet Dreams||✧XX: A Little Music||✧XXXIII: The Light of the Moon|
|✧VIII: The Cruelty of the Gods||✧XXI: City of Sorrow||✧XXXIV: Brighter than the Sun|
|✧IX: Beginnings||✧XXII: Gentle Warmth||✧XXXV: Coldest, Darkest Night|
|✧X: Rainy Daze||✧XXIII: Cracking, Crumbling||✧XXXVI: Summer’s End|
|✧XI: Our Love, Suppressed||✧XXIV: Reconciliation||✧XXXVII: The Real World|
|✧XII: Songs and Daydreams||✧XXV: To the Tailor’s||✧Volume One end.|
~Beloved Chronicles ✧ Extra~
༻Pyre of Piety༺
Roland wishes for nothing more than to be left alone in faithful service to Lady Sun. Even so, the king summons him for an important task; not as an honor, but as a punishment for his past transgressions. It is simply a ruse to return him to Solzédniê, so the king may finally find cause to put him to the pyre.
Roland is a changed man with no intent to falter—that's the idea, at least. Yet when he meets Sushun, a chronicler from across the sea, he finds himself drawn to his frank sincerity and stalwart character in a manner that soon goes far beyond brotherly admiration. As they grow closer, Roland is faced with a choice: deny his burgeoning love for this man, or risk losing everything—and discover his goddess is not as merciful as she seems.
Note: This is an independant story set within the Beloved Chronicles universe, and one need not read the rest of the series to understand it, nor need one read it to understand the rest of the series. However, the author considers it a sister story to String of Stardust, and it is recommended to read in release order: String of Stardust: Volume One → Pyre of Piety → String of Stardust: Volume Two.
[Coming winter-spring 2024!]
~Beloved Chronicles ✧ Part 2~
༻Hydrangeas for Concrete༺
~Beloved Chronicles ✧ Part 2.5~
༻Under the Oak༺
~Beloved Chronicles ✧ Extra~
༻Within the Cage༺
~Beloved Chronicles ✧ Part 3~
༻Reverie in Ruins༺
Dedicated to my mom and best friend Kim, whose endlessly selfless love made me believe a story as saccharine as this wasn’t so ridiculous after all. Thank you for your endless faith in me, and the many ways you touched this work without ever realizing. I hope this may honor your memory, until we meet again too.
Thank you to my father and sibling for your unconditional support of me; and thank you to my dear friends Meg, Mimi, Nikki, and Jon for inspiring me, and the incredible friendship you’ve always given to me. Special thanks go to Meg and Mimi for your immense help in developing this work, and staying by my side even in the darkest of times.
James Margaret Rose is an independant author and artist from Indiana, the United States.
☽O☾Lovingly created by [James Margaret Rose].