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For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she's never had ... until she's betrayed.
Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family's cruelty and the court's contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.
But powerful men have powerful enemies--and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman's, giving Alyrra the first choice she's ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she's never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.
Anyhow, let's start with this story. Set in a world of kingdoms and courts I knew that I'd be intrigued by it (I was born at the wrong time after all). Alyrra, our main character here is the princess of a small kingdom in the realm. But her life isn't always as royal as it might seem. Up until one day they get a visit from a mighty king from one of the strongest kingdoms. He is looking for a bride for his son, and he found one in Alyrra. Only, it's not as easy. Their journey and after all union is far from easily achieved.
While the whole setting and idea of this story was really appealing to me, I sadly cannot say the same for the characters. Alyrra was a really interesting girl and all, but there is nothing that will make me remember her in the future. I couldn't connect with her, even though I understood her actions and behavior. Another thing is that this story was full of fairytale moments, or deus ex machina if you wish. Things happened out of a sudden, without prior building to them.
Despite that, I have to admit that it was a pleasant read, with some interesting twist and turn and probably something that younger readers will enjoy much more.
Rating: 3 stars.
Until the next time,