Publisher: Forsooth Publishing
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The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon of the nighttime sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, on the same night the Kingdom of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack. Across the land of Hytanica, under the shadow of the crimson moon, infant boys continued to vanish. Not until the blood had faded from the sky did the disappearances stop and the bodies of the murdered infants were found outside the gates of the city, a final word from the greatest enemy Hytanica had ever known. For the next sixteen years, peace reigned, but one mystery remained unsolved. The Cokyrians had abducted forty-nine newborns, but returned only forty-eight bodies. Now, as seventeen-year-old Princess Alera of Hytanica is besieged from all sides by suitors vying for the Throne, a teenage Cokyrian boy, Narian, is encountered within the walls of her Kingdom, a boy who will show Alera a world where women serve a purpose and not just a husband. As Narian helps Alera find her voice, she struggles against an arranged marriage that will shatter the life she has scarcely begun to live. And when Narian's shocking past is uncovered, and war with Cokyri looms once more, he must fight to defy a fate ordained at his birth.
What I thoughtThis was one of those reads that kept me up way too long to see how the story ends. What I liked about reading this, was at the end, the author left a note at the end about the other book in the series. There was no guess work on if this was a series or not. It looks to be the first in a trilogy.
When I first started reading, I was hooked! I read and read until I consumed the whole book. It did have parts that dragged a bit that I skimmed over, but those were few and far between. I really liked the premise of this one. Although, after I was approved for the copy, I started to think 'Oh, God. What was I thinking?' This is pure fantasy. A whole other world. Normally, I don't go for these too often. But after I picked it up I was instantly reassured when I was too hooked to put it down.
There was so much mystery with this that it had me captivated. Narian was such a mystery that I was very intrigued and definitely liked him more than Steldor (who I thought was a major jerk). Although, of the men, I liked London the best. His past is clouded and makes for a very interesting character. One I hope to learn more about in the second book.
This was really well written. I had read some negative reviews before starting this, and all of them stated how poorly written it was. I don't believe it was poorly written. I thought the writing was great and the story flowed and it was a joy to read. I don't often recommend pure fantasy novels, but this is definitely read worthy!
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