A princess must find her place in a reborn world. She flees on her wedding day. She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection. She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father. She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a
bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry
someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.
and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning
of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two
mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the
jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions
swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous
secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself
falling in love.
First let's all take a moment to stare at the cover because it is just gorgeous. I think it's really fitting for the book too.
I loved the world in this book so much. There's just something about a non-modern world that I find so fascinating. News is spread through word of mouth or through letters, people ride horses (or sometimes donkeys), and men are chivalrous. Imagine that.
I really enjoyed all the characters too. Lia is a princess, but when she leaves her castle behind she doesn't act like a spoiled child. She bravely faces a world that is completely different than the one she is used to. In my opinion she was a little too trusting, but you can't completely fault a girl for wanting to see the best in people. Berdie, the inn owner, was a sweet older woman with a kind heart. I loved that she took Princess Lia in knowing that it could be dangerous for her. Gwyneth was a waitress friend at the inn and a mysterious one at that. I hope we learn more about her in book #2 because her backstory would probably be really interesting. Lia's brother Walther was a nice surprise. It was surprising he found her and their bond was really cute. I wish we got to see more of her other brothers because they seemed to be the people who influenced her the most.
Meanwhile there were these two guys who had their own journeys to track down the princess. There's the prince who is upset that Lia ran away and an assassin sent to kill her. Kaden and Rafe are mysterious throughout the whole book. Mary E. Pearson does a good job of convincing you who is who and then switching it up. I had an idea from the beginning (highlight this section to reveal a BIG spoiler that I had to discuss. Safe only if you've read the book!) , but changed my mind because I thought it would be too obvious for her to fall for the prince. Silly me. Rafe was super adorable though. Tough ending for him!
I cannot believe we have to wait until 2015 to find out what happens next!