Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 13
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
This book was really good. I found Lia to be an amazing character. Mary E. Pearson created her to be an extraordinary character with an extraordinary life. The plot was exciting for the most part and had me hooked from the beginning. I can see where some people would find the first half to be too slow because not much happened, but I still was captivated by it. I also would like to note that there is a love triangle, but it’s not exactly a normal one. I knew right off the bat which boy I liked better. There’s also a fairly large plot twist that had me shocked. Though, that might be because I wasn’t paying enough attention to the signs…I also really liked the way Pearson writes. I’m definitely excited to read the next book (BUT IT’S IN HARDCOVER…)! I highly recommend this book!