PUBLISHER: Crown Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 21st February 2017
When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.
Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.
As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .
If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?
There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.
This is an amazing fantasy book with stunning world building, a luring plot and characters that draw you into their world. This is a new fantasy adventure that held my attention. It was fraught with magic and curses and a plot that had me glued to the page.
Sorrow is a strong female character which I enjoy in my protagonists. Whilst she comes from privileged beginnings the plot of the book forces her to develop and strengthen. She choses to face a dragon instead of being forced to wed and this begins an adventure she never could have imagined. Golmarr is one of the princes from another kingdom when he and Sorrow meet the chemistry between them begins to fizzle, but it does not feel like insta-love.
The slow burn romance between Sorrow and Golmarr ticked all the boxes for me. The romantic scenes between these two had me begging for them to end up together at the end. That ending while leaving this book open for more books in the series has torn my heart out. A beautiful fantastical book that has taken me on a roller coaster ride and left me smitten.
Keep Calm and Read On,