Reviewed: January 14th, 2023
Released: November 28th, 2022
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Not Everything Is As It Seems In Fae….
What her people need, or what her heart wants?
Destined to unite the war-torn kingdoms of humans and Fae, Princess Sorcha must do her duty. But her heart has other ideas.
The road to Fae-lands is long, and her Fae escort, Lord Conall, is handsome, dashing, and brave-all things a loyal knight should be. Yet no fae wants a human queen, and more war is on the horizon. Her betrothed, High King of the Fae, has secrets of his own, and she’s not sure that he’s her destiny. But her handsome knight and her heart will have to stand aside, for the princess has a duty-her people need this alliance. Until terrible secrets are exposed and the princess must choose between upholding her duty or following her dreams.
One mistake, one wrong choice and it’s not just her heart that will suffer, it’s her entire kingdom…
Helen’s thoughts: 4/5
An enjoyable fantasy adventure with a touch of a sleeping beauty fairytale retelling which all makes sense by the time you reach the end of the book.
I must admit there were moments that didn’t sit quite right with me at the beginning, after all Lord Conall is escorting his King’s future wife, but as the story progresses, I warmed to Conall as the desirable shifter that steals Sorcha’s heart.
A wonderfully described world, with great characters, and a nice twisty plot, certainly one I didn’t expect. Great to see a thirty-something heroine who has lived a bit, even if she is naive about all things fae, and some diverse representation included in the character list. Plenty of action to keep you guessing and some spicy bits to keep the heat level going.
Loved the way Sorcha’s magic manifests and the descriptions of how the enviroment around her reacts were lovely. The lesser fae are adorable. Maybe we should all be leaving gifts for our invisible helpers!
Some of the timing could have been integrated more smoothly. It was confusing with Conall incarcerated for a year, but he doesn’t seem to be missed, and it doesn’t seem as if Sorcha spends a year at the palace fending off the King.
All in all, a well written debut novel which will keep you entertained with characters who will grow on you as the story progresses.
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