by Sara B. Larson
Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.
The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?
This is going to be a shorter review because it’s been a while since I’ve read this book. I wanted to review it though in preparation for reading and reviewing the rest of the series.
It took me a while to pick this book up because whenever I tried I was like, oh, just another girl dressing up as boy to fit in fantasy story. And, yes, it is that, but it’s more than that too.
What I liked:
- I enjoyed the journey that the character when on. I was able to relate to Alexa, maybe not as dressing up as a boy, but with her feelings.
- The romance was awesome. Yes, there was a love triangle, no it wasn’t a big deal, at least not to me. I thought it was well handled. But if you don’t like them at all, you probably want to avoid this book. Also, if you don’t like overly romantic books, you might want to skip this one, but for me I liked how it wove into the story.
- It can be read as a standalone. I loved that, though I found myself enjoying the characters so much that I wanted to read the entire series. Bonus: it’s all out already!
- Alexa is a tough chick. I love that about her. She strong and gets stronger throughout the book.
- I enjoyed the lush jungle setting
- The cover is pretty. I like that’s it’s not a girl on the front cover, that we get a hint of danger through the dagger, but not overwhelmed by clutter.
What I didn’t like:
- The breeding/rape houses. This could also be put in the “What I liked” only for the fact that it does a good job showing how cruel the current king is. I didn’t like the ick factor though I suppose that’s what the book was going for and accomplished. A warning for those who don’t want to read that it’s here.
- It needed a map. The whole series would have been better with it.
- It seems like there was something else I didn’t like about it too, but it’s been so long, that the things I did like overwhelmed the things I didn’t, lol.
And this review, while not long, was longer than I expected after being a while since I read the book. My memory isn’t as bad as I though, haha. Overall, this was a good book. I would recommend it for anyone who likes YA Fantasy Romances and doesn’t mind that there’s a love triangle in it.