Rating: *** 3.5 stars
The beginning for me was a little bit choppy. I had wanted Jamie to explain the characters backgrounds, ethnicity since they were a foreign fantasy type, and their goddess herself.
It was almost like a world of its own. The Goddess Danu was a sorceress praised like a religious figure whose bloodline carried on the throne. Samantha a young princess, who in my opinion needed more time to mature, was very troubled by the pressure of finding a suitor to marry. It was hard for me to connect with Samantha at first, and even through out the book I felt like I was losing sight of her. Sometimes she could sound humble and caring, yet at the same time she was calculating and rude. Taking her station for granted and talking down to her workers, yet she was upset when she seen others mistreat peasants and people of lower class. I felt like her personality was all over the place until I got deeper into the book and she took on a more one dimensional frame.
My favorite character was Robbie. His background reminded me of Arthur from the Sword in the stone with a mixture of Cinderella, with an abusive father and older brother, a penchant for being bullied easily. I wanted him to fight for himself. If he possessed power…why didn’t he use it? Why weren’t they so afraid of him they cowered in his presence?
As I got deeper into the book I began to like it, although at first I didn’t think I would because I felt like I couldn’t get a great connection in the beginning. As the story progressed the reader is given insight into the two kingdoms that merged to form one, the King’s secrets and a binding love that surpasses magic, hate and misunderstanding.
It turned out to be a very enjoyable book.