PUBLISHER: Henry Holt
DATE PUBLISHED: 8th July 2014
A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
This was truly an intriguing story. I loved the guessing game that I was playing through almost 400 pages. The prose was written in such a way that I was constantly changing my mind on who was the prince and who was the assassin.
Lia’s character had an inner-strength that I admired intensely. She was a strong female character that I thoroughly enjoyed following through the book. The plot was enjoyable with twists and turns along the way. I particularly liked the mud wrestling scene. You’ll have to read for yourself. This story is told in the first person from alternating points of view of Lia, Rafe, Kaden, The Assassin and The Prince. This way you never quite know what everyones motives really are.
The pace did slow at times but I felt this allowed for more character development and the who-done-it portion of the story allowed the reader not to lose interest in the plot. This political drama mixed with an extremely complicated love triangle made for a wickedly enjoyable Fantasy read with a new twist on an old trope.
Keep Calm and Read On,