- Page Count: 208
- Release Date: May 11, 2016
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
Princess Haven was never meant to be Queen.
Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.
With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home.
As Kadia’s obsession with Haven mounts, little time remains, and Haven must make a choice; join together with her fellow Royals, and test her immortality in a final stand against the evil Queen, or flee across the sea to a foreign republic in hopes of salvation. Both choices have a cost. Both plans could go awry. Haven must decide quickly, or she might be the only one left.
If you can’t get enough stories set in medieval fantasy worlds with politics, swords, and young independent queens, then you’ll probably like this one too. The plot itself doesn’t really stand out and the writing is average, BUT I still liked the world and characters!
Haven can’t die, so she has to be queen after her family is killed. The book jumps right into a war that took me a bit to actually care about. Haven keeps meeting with a group of royals from other kingdoms to discuss the insane Queen Kaida who’s invading everything. The drama and romance unfold from there…
The descriptions of the battles and scenery were great! And I liked how Haven’s a strong and kind character. She fought her own battles and ran into a burning city to save people because she couldn’t get hurt. She has realistic reactions and pulls herself through a ton (rape trigger warning btw). So the story didn’t have any of the elements that usually irritate me… even the love triangle was fine. I just have the feeling I won’t remember most of this story tomorrow because it blends in with SO many other YA fantasy books and I was never super emotionally invested.
But this reminded me a LOT of Snow Like Ashes in case you’re a fan of that and are looking for something similar!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!