Date published: July 1st, 2013
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher.
Book three of The Chronicles of Arandal
When Willow’s sister, Rowan, fled from Valleyhold and became Queen of Arandal, their parents worked hard to regain their pace in Valleyhold society. But Willow refused to betray her sister’s memory and was ostracized. Now she’s receiving intermittent messages from Rowan asking her to come to Arandal and help her sister.
Dragon shape-shifter Cullendor is prepared to help Willow escape so he can learn about humans. He decides being a king would be a great career. But even getting there isn’t easy.
Ever since I read the previous book in this series I’ve been waiting for the next story in this amazing world. Magic, shapeshifters, a kind of medievalish fantasy world all mixed together with the timeless pattern of people overcoming difficulties and falling in love.
Willow is a mixture of naïve innocent virgin, and independence, plus stubborn determination to help her sister. Cullendor is in a different world from his home and has to make sense of everything here, as well as carve out a place for himself all while staying alive. His motives are confused and mixed, but that makes him seem very human.
Plus we gain a glimpse of previous heroines and heroes working at making their happy ever afters continue to have meaning and relevance.
Great world building, amazing characters, good pacing, nice plot twists. It’s easy to see why this author is so popular and this book is a worthy continuation of the series.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.