Caliandra, the teenage princess of Barra, is in dire straits.
Not only did her fiancé break off their engagement and leave her for a richer woman, but Caliandra’s father is gravely ill - and if her brother Valric is unable to find the cure he’s set out for, their titles and wealth will disappear. Their father had been chosen as king by a magic axe, and when he passes on, so does the crown.
Soon, the worst befalls the princess - Valric turns up dead, her father succumbs to disease, and the axe goes missing, leaving the throne open for a coup by the devious Minister of War. Caliandra and her mother decide to risk everything on a desperate bid to find the axe and oust the Minister, driven by a prophecy that the proper King will take his place - Caliandra.
But when she finds out which trusted family friend betrayed her brother, will Caliandra’s thirst for revenge sabotage her only chance at the crown?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I really really really want to like this book.... but I just can't.
It is nothing new or original. It lacks real substance. A whole lot of nothing happens for such a drawn out book.
The characters are cringe-worthy. They go from simple minded sheep to strong, willful characters with backbone with no explanation or reasonable process.
It's so boring. Like, check my percentage read every chapter boring. If this had not been a copy from a publisher, I would not have finished this book.