RELEASED: March 9, 2020
PUBLISHER: Kaitlyn Davis
FORMAT: eBook [AD – Thank you!]
GENRE: YA Fantasy
GOODREADS RATING: 3.88
A princess longing to be free…
On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.
A bastard aching to belong…
Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.
Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…
Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.
I got my hands on an earc of this ages ago and.. I honestly feel bad for this being one of the few I didn’t get to read and review in time.. But, at least I’m doing it now so that has to count for something! In any case, I was intrigued by this book the moment I read the synopsis. The whole “bastard”-sentence had me curious. I always liked an underdog and it seemed this read was going to give me just that. Did it though?
I really liked how this story started out. Getting to know Ana and her obvious free spirit, Rafe and Xander with their unique hardships to deal with and overcome and Cassi.. She had me intrigued as well. I felt like she was about to play a role bigger than the author was trying to show us. Definitely one of the most interesting characters, if you ask me!
Even more so because she obviously struggles whenever we get a bit from her point of view. Her motivations, her feelings, her secrets.. All things that made her layered in a way I didn’t expect but really enjoyed in a smaller character. I’d even say she’s my favorite of the bunch with how grey she felt to me?
That made the story even more enjoyable! There are things I could see coming, but it didn’t matter all that much since I was enjoying it and was eager to find out what would happen once Ana moved from her family home to Rafe and Xander’s home. The things that happened there.. Well..
It was hard after a while. There’s a lot to do about Ana and I truly disliked her after a while. I could see where she was coming from and understand her thoughts and behaviour to some extent but she was so focused on herself, ignoring the needs and wants of others. I don’t know. She started rubbing me the wrong way with this “princess”-y stuff.
The world-building also felt a bit all over the place. There are so many different species of.. human birds [if you can call them that], but then there are dragons and people with magic and.. There’s even more of the world than what we get to see in this book. There is a lot. Maybe a bit too much even?
If you’re into big worlds with a lot of things going on and if you like morally grey characters, this is definitely one you should check out! And feel free to ignore the princess-y stuff I mentioned. Maybe it won’t bother you as much as it did me?
Do you think world-building could be too elaborate?
What’s a book with a lot of world-building you feel did it right?