DATE PUBLISHED: 20th September 2011
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do.
It was very refreshing to read a book where the heroine is not stereotypically beautiful. Elisa has no idea why she is the chosen one, who now bears the Godstone. There is nothing particularly important about her apart from the fact that she is a princess. She is larger in physique and loves food. However, Elisa is well-read and intelligent with a spine of steel. I loved this character as the reader was able to see all of her depths from fear to love to bravery.
The relationship between Elisa and her husband, the king is strained at best. He does not feel anything close to love for her and does not recognise her as the Queen upon arriving in his kingdom after their marriage. With an upcoming war Elisa must come to terms with why she is the barer of the Godstone whilst hiding this fact from others. When someone discovers this Elisa is stolen away as a sign of hope for the people against upcoming war forces. She must learn to be brave and a leader of her people whilst accepting herself for who she is.
It was really interesting to read about not only a heroine with a different body type but one inspired by Spanish culture. From complexion to the names of characters there is an obvious Spanish feel to this book. This added a feeling of diversity into a fantasy novel which made it a pleasure to read.
The most loveable relationship I found in this book was between Elisa and Rosario (the kings son). Elisa’s husband can be short-sighted and often thoughtless and this is evident in his treatment of Elisa and Rosario. Elisa comes to earn Rosario’s respect and love by being motherly and keeping her word. This relationship warmed my heart.
Overall, the plot was well done and kept me intrigued, the characters were well developed, the pace was quick and breath taking. This was a fantasy book that really had me hooked I cannot wait to see what is in store next for Elisa.
Keep Calm and Read On,