“Aren’t we all drawn to friends in the beginning by trifling things? True bonds develop afterward, when character is revealed.” – 4.25/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: unique clothes, boxing matches, flowers, skinny dipping, picnics, red roses, cute dogs, daggers, hair dye, bandits, gloves and shadows.
Tricia Levenseller may become one of my favorite authors – I just need to read Warrior of the Wild first to confirm it!
I read The Daughter of the Pirate King duology last year and it became easily one of my favorite book series of all time. I decided I would pick up her books whenever I could, and I was not disappointed when I picked this!
There is something about her characters that grip me to the story. She writes the best, fierce female main characters, and that is only one of the motives for why I love her books so much. In this case, I loved Alessandra and how devious, unapologetic, strong and sure of herself she was. And her perfect match, Kallias, was also an amazing male lead and love interest. If you like slow burning romances with some contact here in there, this is a great one!
The setting for the story was also one of my favorite things about this book. I have a thing for dark books and strong romances, so this was a treat! The story is fantastic and complex, and there is a small mystery with a plot twist in the end.
One thing I struggled with in this book was the amount of fancy names. It was kind of difficult to keep track with who was who, especially because of the amount of side characters! But eventually I figured it out.
I would also say this is a subtle feminist book, which I wasn’t expecting and really enjoyed! Alessandra wants to be queen not only to rule and give orders, but also to give women the opportunity to have the same rights men have.
This is marketed as young adult, but be aware that sex is mentioned frequently – not in a specific and detailed way, but be aware of that!The book is amazing and if you can, you should definitely pick this up. I would also highly recommend her duology The Daughter of the Pirate King. She is so underrated!