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On the eve of her wedding to the Prince of Dalbreck, Princess Lia flees hoping to take charge of her fate with the hope of a love chosen and returned on her own terms. Little does she know she is being trailed by two men, one the jilted Prince looking for some reasoning for her actions and an Assassin that cannot let the marriage between the two kingdoms take place. They know who she is but she believes the two travelers to be nothing but.
One could give her the love she had been yearning for while the other could take her life. Now, which is which.
I went into this expecting to figure out which is the prince and which is the assassin quickly, but I didn’t. I was like 63% when I figured it out. It might be that I was so wrapped up in the story that it blindsided me but then it could be the genius of the way that story is told.
This is an amazing fantasy title which the beginning whispers of magic in a vibrant world with warring kingdoms and barbarians. I thought this was beloved because it would be an easy YA fantasy with all the YA fantasy pitfalls but I found this to be a fantasy with YA being an after thought. I was able to fully lose myself in this world instead of staying in the shallow end watching the story play out. You are gripped by the characters and the plot with the setting weaving in the ends to this beautiful tapestry.
Lia is headstrong but not annoying and while she was naive at first she become more hardened as the story went on without sacrificing anything that made her a great main character.
I am extremely grateful that I own the entire series already because I want to know what happens next. If you have been waiting to pick this up, do it. I think this would also be a great book to bridge the gap between ya and adult fantasy.