Rating : ★ ★ ★
Thanks to Edelweiss+ and HarperTeen for providing an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lady Hollis Brite has the eye of King Jameson, but his eye is known to wander. When it becomes clear that she is to be his intended, Hollis’ world changes and she doesn’t know if she can handle the new role she is being thrust into. Then, a young Isolten named Silas arrives with his family fleeing their King and Hollis begins to question everything.
The Betrothed is a historical fantasy, no magic that I have seen thus far but the world is imagined and the language feels like it’s fairly close to modern. Some of the phrases didn’t sit well with me and the way that the young women at court acted felt odd. I’m thinking this is supposed to be reminiscent of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, but felt a little CW at times.
Hollis is an interesting main character, mostly because it does seem like the people around her don’t think she’s very bright. She has been called simple and there have been some comments that felt a little mean girl. Also, not a bunch of girl hate but there was some angry female relationships that would make sense in court, because everyone wants to be The Queen
So, now, Jameson. He didn’t have much of a personality other than being The King, he was a decent guy until his usefulness to the plot waned and we were supposed to ship Hollis with someone else. It was kind of strange how he suddenly developed new facets to his personality at this time and just a few chapters before he and Hollis were talking to each other like they were close.
There was a lot of angst and a lot of drama and some plot points that I didn’t see coming a mile away, I’m wondering if they’re going to stick for the sequel but that’s all I can really say without spoiling anything. There’s a lot of political intrigue mixed with some soulmate romance angst that I don’t entirely understand. There is a bit of instalove.
All in all I couldn’t put it down and I knew what I was getting into when reading Kiera Cass. Her books are like candy and so enjoyable. I did feel like the plot lost me towards the end, but I need to know what happens in the second book so that is going to be on my radar.