Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.
I read and reviewed a copy of this wonderful book via Arc around the World Tours, I was very excited to give this book a try as I not read very many books where you get a nice twist on who falls in love with who and why. This book had everything i expect to find in a fantasy novel. You got magic, love, princesses and evil character who trying to take over the world.
I was swept up in the story as it moves a long a good clip switching between the two main female characters Mare and Denna. I instantly loved Mare character as she really clung to just wanting to be herself and training horses instead of being some princess high in a tower watching over things and getting married to the best alliance. Then you got Denna who is the exact opposite she their simply for an alliance marriage but she got a secret she burning to keep a secret. I also thought the romantic tryst was handled very well and it worked very well for this story.
I really liked how the magic was handled in this fantasy it a wrapped up in this deceit plot where one country wants to rule over another, I got wrapped up in the details of who done what and you really thought was the evil mad man. It a very well done story for debut novel and looking forward to seeing what else the author has to offer.