A girl just wants to have fun… and freedom. Mary E. Pearson’s novel is about the risks and rewards one princess finds in trying to control her own life.
A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
“It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered.”
Mary E. Pearson’s fantasy novel centers on a princess named Lia. Lia wants a life different from her current one, one outside that of royalty. her parents have already made arrangements for her marriage, and she is none too thrilled about it.
“Maybe there was no one way to define it. Maybe there were as many shades of love as the blues of the sky.”
She is to marry prince Jaxon, whom she has never met before. Her parents have chosen this suitor so that they may have a much needed political alliance with his country. Lia is not the type of girl to take this sort of injustice lying down, so in the morning on the day of her wedding, she escapes with her best friend, and they flee their county of Morrighan to go and live with her friends cousin in the countryside.
“If one can’t be trusted in love, one can’t be trusted in anything. Some things can’t be forgiven.”
This is where Lia settles into her new life as a waitress in a small bar. She is quite content with her new situation, that is, until she meets two handsome strangers in the tavern. Their names are Kaden and Rafe, and she can’t get enough of either of them. She forms budding relationships with both over the course of a couple months. Lia has no idea who these men are, and why they have been sent to track her down. One is an assassin sent to kill her, and the other is the prince that she left at the altar. During her attempt at normalcy, many secrets are revealed, and many adventures await for Lia and company.
“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”
I had heard about this book a lot on Booktube, it had really high rating’s on Goodreads, and the premise was intriguing, so I thought I should just pick this book up and give it a go. I thought it was okay. It wasn’t really my cup of tea, per se. I thought the pacing was kind of slow, as this book is absolutely massive, it took me awhile to finish it, and I even had it on audiobook as well, if that tells you anything. I din’t find anything in it really compelling, but I did think that it was quite well written, with in-depth detail that allowed me to picture everything that happened without be too detailed.
I thought this was a good book, I might pick up the sequel. I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars, and would recommend for people who are fans of fantasy. Mary E. Pearson is a good writer, I just didn’t enjoy this one too much.