PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
DATE PUBLISHED: 22nd November 2016
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.
A brand new, unique and stunning voice in the High Fantasy genre. The idea of two princesses falling in love is one I have not read before. This book had everything I love in High Fantasy while adding a diverse element to the narrative which made this book a unique treasure. There was action, there was adventure, there was romance and there was magic. The story was told in alternating first person perspectives of Mare and Denna. Both characters had unique and interesting voices and I enjoyed reading from both perspectives. From the time Denna gets to the royal court, the pace maintains a quick pace that kept me hooked. The romance and the magic could have overwhelmed each other, vying for the top priority in the plot in this book. However, both elements weaved together and one did not overwhelm the other as both were integrated into the storyline. This awesome diverse fantasy book was an absolute pleasure to read and deserves all of its five stars that I am rating this book.
Keep Calm and Read On,