Format: Hardcover; 496 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (July 8, 2014)
At first, Lia comes across as a spoiled Princess. Two kingdoms are depending on the alliance which would have been forged when she and the Prince of Dalbreck wed. By skipping out on her betrothed, she has put not only the alliance in jeopardy, but the lives of everyone in the two kingdoms. A broken engagement could spur on a war between them and give their enemies an advantage. While I can understand her reluctance to marry someone she doesn't know, she really seemed to not understand the extent of what she had done and it showcased her youth and inexperience in the political arena.
Later, the gravity of what she's done finally hits, but not until after a loss is suffered. That's when she'll start to come into her own and grow as an individual. I love seeing a character blossom right before our eyes because it helps us to better understand them and bond with them.
The assassin and the prince are both interesting characters--and yes, there is a love triangle. The story is not just told from Lia's perspective, but we also get a little bit of theirs. The assassin has been tasked to kill the princess. He hails from another kingdom that doesn't want an alliance to be formed between Morrighan and Dalbreck. Lia, however, has won him over because she isn't anything like what he thought she'd be. He finds he doesn't wish to harm her and he has to decide whether he will disobey his orders or do the deadly dead. The Prince, on the other hand, comes to admire his future bride. He's a bit envious that she came up with a run away before he did and becomes intrigued by her. He sets out to find his reluctant bride not sure if he wishes to marry her, only that he wants to know more about her.
Overall, I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. I felt it was beautifully and skillfully written.While it lulled a bit in the middle, the twist more than made up for it. I was totally taken by surprised, and had to reread parts because I was a bit in disbelief. lol While there were some hints to it, I didn't pick up on them and I loved that. Plus, the ending was stellar leaving us hanging as to what will happen next. Revelations were revealed which suggest Lia may be at the center of an ancient prophecy that someone has attempted to erase all accounts of. All of which combines in a cliffhanger of an ending which has left me impatiently awaiting the next book. I for one can't wait to see where this author takes this. Will Lia survive? Will she fulfill the prophecy which was foretold so long ago? I so want to know and highly recommend this one.