This week we have an author requested review. A free copy was provided to us in exchange for an honest review. So here ya go!
War is imminent in this fictional land of Warshard, and young Queen Haven of Rythern is still trying to navigate her new role in the kingdom after the tragic deaths of her parents and brothers. Known at the Immortal Queen, Haven is unable to die. She was born with a gift or rather a curse in her eyes that allows her body to heal from any injury, free from sickness, she will never die. With the help and support of the neighboring kingdoms, including the handsome Prince Corrin, known for his flirtatious nature and womanizing ways, the royals have devised a plan to rid the kingdom of the mad Queen Kadia. Kadia proves to be a ruthless warrior, aided by the help of never before seen black magic, she quickly invades and takes the kingdoms nearing Havens land. Left with no options, the kingdoms ban together and attempt escape to the land across the sea, Seaburn, known for it's highly trained and efficient army, in a last ditch attempt to elicit aid to take back their lands and dispose of the evil Queen. During the escape, Haven is kidnapped and tortured, held for weeks on end before escaping and making the treacherous journey to reunite with her people in Seaburn. With renewed strength and resolve, the kingdoms unite to make a last stand against Kadia, freedom or death. Can Haven lead her people to victory against a seemingly impossible foe? Or will Kadia remain victorious once more, taking all that is precious from Haven for good?
What I think I really enjoyed most about this read were the abundance of strong female characters. Not only was Haven pretty bad ass, strong and determined, selfless and heroic, but she was surrounded with equally strong and bad ass female warriors in her personal guard, Lareina, Malka, and Blythe. It was refreshing to read a book where gender roles were not so stereotypical, and some of the lands more talented warriors were women. Kudos for that Katherine! Havens determination and loyalty to her people was something I found endearing and the blooming relationship and love between her and Corrin added another level of drama to the plot. (Corrin reminds me a lot of Finnick Odair in the Hungar Games series, probably why I liked him so much!). Queen Kadia was a perfectly written villain, equal parts insane and evil.
I was left with some questions at the end of the novel and am thinking this may be one of a planned series?! (Please?? Give us more!) Looking forward to reading whatever comes next from Kathrine!
If this book sounds like something you'd like, you can get a copy from Amazon here.
To read more about Katherine Bogle and her upcoming projects, check out her website here.
Until next week my book loving friends!