Thank you to St. Martin’s for sending me an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A PRISONER OF FATE
As Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Euthalia will do anything to keep her people free—and her secrets safe—from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father’s, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. In her heart, she knows that it’s up to her to save herself from her fate as the emperor’s bride. But in her dreams, she sees a man, one with the power to build a better world—a man whose spirit is as strong, and whose passion is as fierce as her own…
A PRINCE AMONG MEN
Conrí, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Euthalia holds so dear to her heart. When the two banished rulers meet face to face, neither can deny the flames of rebellion that flicker in their eyes—nor the fires of desire that draw them together. But in this broken world of shattered kingdoms, can they ever really trust each other? Can their fiery alliance defeat the shadows of evil that threaten to engulf their hearts and souls? (Goodreads)
I liked this book, I like the characters, there was a ton of character development, but not much story. I just didn’t feel like the story moved ahead much in the grand scheme of things. Yes, the two main characters found their way to one another, but what about the rest?
I understand that this will be a series, but I almost felt like this was a prologue more than the first chapter.
I really did enjoy these two characters, learning about them, and watching them learn about each other. I think I would definitely read the next book in the series, I just wish this book had had a little more.
Overall Rating: 3