Publisher: Carina Press
Date published: 8/20/2012
Obtained via publisher
Reviewed by Helen
Rowan is engaged to a man only she knows is truly evil. To escape the marriage she flees her village and undertakes a difficult and dangerous journey away from her home and people.
Prince Grantland, heir to the kingdom of Arandal, has also run away from his home to give himself time and space to decide what he wants out of life.
They meet, are highly attracted to each other and face danger together. But both are hiding the secrets of their backgrounds which may shatter any bonds between them.
This is a very old plot line, however the story is set in such a different and enticing world, and with such enchanting and compelling characters, it becomes fresh and engaging. Aspiring authors and published authors wanting to improve their craft would do well to read this book and see how a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-selling and award-winning author makes such a challenge look easy. In fact, a reader may absorb the story without even realizing what Ms. York has done.
Fantasy, magic, dragons, sexual tension and erotic lovemaking, combine with the excellent world building to draw the reader into the web of intrigue. Both Rowan and Grant are wonderful characters, fully developed even in such a short novel. The main characters are alone much of the time, which allows the author to devote all her word count to them and their story, an excellent technique for a shorter book.
There were only a couple of places where I wished for a little more detail, and it wasn’t until I finished the book that I discovered it was actually the second one in a series. I expect had I read the other book first I’d have had no questions at all. I will most definitely be reading the earlier book. I was enchanted by these characters and their world.
A really good book from every angle.
THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF THIS BOOK. THIS IS AN OBJECTIVE UNBIASED REVIEW