Author: Audrey Coulthurst
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile nations. But Deanna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire – a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now Deanna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses – and her teacher is the person who intimidates her the most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine – called Mare – the sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Deanna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms – and each other.
I received this book in my December Owlcrate, and wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it or not. I’m honestly not a big fan of weird character names, which was honestly the only thing that really threw me off when I started reading it. I am glad, however, to finally be reading more diverse books. It’s always nice to have something a little different now and then and not the same old boring “king saves the queen and they live happily ever after” kind of stuff.
With that being said, I believe that this is one of the best books I’ve read. I enjoyed it SO much. Not only were the characters completely lovable but the whole story line sucked me in immediately. I couldn’t find time to put this book down no matter how often life was calling my name.
Throughout this book we meet Denna: the princess who is to marry the prince of Mynaria, Mare: who is the princes sister, a complete rebel (and a badass in my opinion), and a few other characters that I eventually fell in love with as well.
5One thing I love about this book is that magic is a part of it, but not the whole story. Most of the time we read a book that is jam packed with magic (not that it’s a bad thing), and the story gets a little lost. Here, magic is mentioned and is shown throughout the story, but not completely shoved in our faces. It’s kind of like a pretty backdrop, if that makes any sense.
To be completely honest this is one of the first books I’ve read that is LGBTQ related. I feel as though I should read more books pertaining to this subject, but I find that there aren’t as many as there should be. Teens, or young adults should have access to more books like this, even if it’s just for the simple fact of letting them know that there’s nothing wrong with it. If a favorite character in a book their reading falls in love with another girl, maybe it will make a difference..even if it’s a small one.
I kind of went off an a ledge here and randomly spoke about this book in a way that probably made zero sense, but I really, really enjoyed this book and if you haven’t read it yet, you should!!
I give 5 stars!!!