“I’d fallen for her from the moment she’d first stepped out of a carriage in the courtyard, and I didn’t feel capable of unfailing. Every word poised on my tongue felt like it would lumber forth with a clumsiness that would let the world know that this girl unraveled me.”
The Stolen Kingdom is a remarkable approach to YA Fantasy and a stand alone.
Two royal blooded lines hold magic.
One given freely, pure and good…. one stolen, dark and wicked.
Maralyth Graylaern has always known she hold a power unlike anyone else as she brings life the the nature around her family’s vineyard. Until one day she is kidnapped and held against her will to take hold of her blood right… to be queen of Perin Faye.
Alac Thungrave, second son to the crown, hates the dark magic that consumes his father and refuses to accept it. Until he meets a beautiful woman in court visiting for his brother’s wedding, and realizes she may be the key to saving his family… and his future.
Jillian Bohme has a unique writing style that is fun for all.
Read if you like:
-“clean” regency romance
-a twist of magic and the fight of good vs. evil.
-a curse so dark and lonely
-the midnight bargain
What was missing:
I found the story very easy which was nice, but I think I just missed a bit of a PUNCH. ACTION!.
The ending had potential but it sped through the climax rather quickly and by the end I just felt it left the pacing a bit off.
I could have tapped 20 pages and still known exactly what was going on… heavy inner dialogue.
romance: sweet regency feeling romance
steam: got me about as excited as looking at my 7th grade picture
Thank you to the author and Tor Teen for my gifted copy