Why I read this: Thought I’d give a fairytale a go. Got this book free on kobo through BookBub.
Synopsis: He leans down, lips parted, and then our lips connect… We didn’t know that this one kiss has FOREVER changed the Land of the Fae.
According to the Prophecy proclaimed many years ago, Princess Calista of the Summer Court is destined to change the Land of the Fae from the evil determined to destroy it. Her powers are phenomenal, and she secretly trains for battle with her handsome warrior friend, Merrick, who unbeknownst to her protects her heart as well, in hopes of keeping it for himself. At least, until the seductive Prince Ryder attends the Guardian Ceremony and instantly sends a fire burning through her veins and a connection so deep they both discover a love above anything imaginable.
No one knows how Calista is destined to change the kingdoms, but there is one that does. He not only craves Calista’s power, but her body as well, and his goal is to steal her power, make her his Dark Queen, and take over the Land of the Fae.
Will the evil succeed in claiming Calista’s soul? Or will the two men that fight for her heart save her from despair, and help her fulfil her destiny to become what she was meant to be.
What I thought about the book:
Sadly, this one was not for me. The story was predictable, the romance made no sense, and the suspense fell flat.
The story is told from the perspective of the power couple and the big baddie, leaving no mystery at all to the plot. Knowing each side’s game plan made for a pretty boring read.
The romance between Clasita and Ryder developes stupidly fast. I felt no connection between them at all. They said the words but it was as effective as saying them to a tree. I could understand it if they were pushed together by the prophecy but all involved insist it’s true love.
The language shifts between a modern dialect and olden-style weirdly, with a fair bit of modern swearing that didn’t really suit the characters. I have nothing against swearing it just didn’t feel natural here. The mix disrupted the flow of the story, making it seem like some of the characters had a split personality.
The lore was interesting, though. The background for Aladair and the plot for the series intrigued me. I might check out the next book but I’m not in any hurry to do so.