Release Date: February 16, 2016
Genre: Fairy-tale Retelling, YA Fantasy
Review Date: April 18, 2016
Rating: 2 bookmarks
Synopsis: Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.
In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.
But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.
Overall I liked Lorelai's character, but I wanted more from her. Same for Kol. He was nice enough, they both were, but nothing to write home about. I wanted to see more of him as a dragon. I wanted more relationship development other than the "we can hear each others thoughts" insta-love cop out. Yes, cop out. It's too easy to explain a quick connection due to hearing each others thoughts.
I wanted to feel like I was transported to another land, but the world building was also sort of glazed over same as the relationship building. I actually had a slightly hard time telling exactly what time this story took place in. Was it 15th century or 17th? Who knows. It could have been mentioned, but clearly I missed it.
I know that it probably sounds like I outright didn't like the book, but that's not the case. It was good enough to finish. I read it pretty quickly and I was invested enough to see what the outcome was. But if you were to ask me about the details this book 6 months from now...well that's a different story. With so many books to read and a limited time, if it wasn't for book club, I probably would have stopped reading a few chapters in. With that said it wasn't dreadful, it just wasn't that memorable either.
If you like stories packed full of layers and intermingling plot lines, then I suggest you pass on this one.