Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Title: The Stolen Kingdom
Author: Jillian Boehme
For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of Perin Faye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner’s daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne. Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.
When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.
This book is a true example of what might be a good book but read at a wrong time.
This took me over a month to read because honestly, I just couldn’t get into it. It’s a true fantasy in all of it’s glory, however from the beginning it was just to similar to every other fantasy series to me.
The magical system was pretty interesting but I found myself wandering because I just couldn’t get into the plot. Also, there are so many characters and I would often forget who’s who.
Now comes my biggest issue – the romance. Why does every YA fantasy need to have romance in it. The two main love interest here had zero connection but they fell for each other so suddenly. I don’t like it and I’d rather there wasn’t any romance at all because this one was just flat.
The writing was very beautiful and descriptive and I did enjoy it. However, when it comes to the entire book, I couldn’t get myself into it and that’s why I’ll probably forget about it in a few days. Still, you be the judge for yourself and check out this book and see if your opinions are any different.
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