Author: Rebecca Belliston
Genres: YA Historical, YA Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: December 11, 2018
Publisher: Gated Publishing
A girl on the run. A kingdom to save.
Princess Gisela of Steinland was born without color. Albino. To add to this curse, her betrothal to Prince Jerrik of Kronga ends in his death and starts a ten-year-war her father is determined to win, even if it means bringing her out of hiding to do it. Now the savage Krongon war commander, Bloodless Kristoff, seeks the hearts of the entire royal family, especially Gisela’s.
Desperate, her father agrees to another alliance that involves her marrying an old brute of a king. Unwilling to be the sacrificial lamb, Gisela goes on the run. Thrown into the center of a battle between three kingdoms, she finds herself fighting for her life and the right to be truly loved.
Can the girl who started the war find a way to end it?
Rating: Moderate. Mild kissing; moderate violence or horror.
Sounds like a great read. Plus what a cool idea that Belliston wrote a musical score to go with this novel.
Epic, intense, full of adventure, deception, and character growth! I especially loved seeing Gisela discovering her flaws and rising to the challenges before her to realize her inner strength. The plot is strong with the politics and dynamics of kingdoms, greedy kings, evil assassins, commanders of armies, the commoners they either oppress or support, and the women who must stand strong despite the injustice running rampant. I was never confused or overwhelmed by the details, even when there is a bit of mystery or suspense because we are seeing things through Gisela’s limited perspective only, which I enjoyed. I felt like there was a great balance between the relationships, the action, and revealing the big picture little by little. There is romance which of course I loved, and Gisela learns important but hard lessons about trust, loyalty, and the characteristics of genuine love. I was enthralled the entire time and was pleasantly surprised with the twists and turns on Gisela’s journey from an isolated and naive princess to a powerful force that directly influences the fate of the kingdoms and the outcome of the war. I know this will be one of my favorites of the year, and *highly* recommend!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Wow, wow, wow!!! I never thought I’d enjoy this book so much!!! I LOVED it!!!!!!
I picked this up seeing how many pages there were and was hesitant whether I should read it. I’ve read medieval Christian romance before in the past that was half this long and still managed to bore me at times but this book was NEVER boring. I am so happy it was as long as it was and I read twice as many pages as I usually read each day! Trust me when I say that this book is GOOD!
Also, I have a confession to make! And that is that I have a horrible tendency to flip to random pages of the book that I haven’t read yet and peek at what’s going on. This usually ruins all the main plot twists for me in every book (I know, I know, but the temptation is too great!) but even though I scoured the pages looking to see how everything added up with this book, I still didn’t figure everything out! Which is awesome! It was like the author purposefully wrote the entire thing so that annoying curious readers like me wouldn’t be able to stuff find out until the moment she wanted me to. I’ve never had a book thwart my spoiling plans before so I’m impressed! XD
Okay, about the characters, I really loved how the MC was an albino because that definitely helped me to see albinos with more understanding and compassion. I’ve never actually met an albino before but I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be one. Gisela was amazing but I soo hated Ryder. It’s not that he’s evil or anything like other characters but he’s just SUCH a brat that I can barely sympathize with him. I do feel a bit bad what happened though and I wish he’d gotten the chance to do better. Well, he did have that chance plenty of times in my opinion, but he never took them.
The author also has an amazing piano solo album with pieces from this book! You can listen to the music and also the first few chapters of the book on the author’s YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy3Y