My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Description from Goodreads: Suddenly this kneeling, filthy man caused all of my attention to pivot upon him when he grabbed my hand. I was just opening my mouth to warn him that he would surely be killed...no one was allowed to touch me, Princess Nia, without permission. My protesting words were replaced with a swift intake of breath as the soldier produced a strange-looking dagger and drug it lightly over my finger. I stared in wonderment as he gently squeezed my fingertip to produce just one red ball of blood, my blood. Then the man kneeling before me swiped the blood from my finger with his own and plunged it into his mouth. "Your blood is now my blood. Your world is now my world. Your life is now my life," were the words he chanted..
This book is not what I expected. Honestly , I was thinking more on the romance lines. Young Princess, conspiring men trying to take the throne, handsome and loyal guard (Garreth), fiancee, murder, etc. You would think that has the makings for a great romance, right? I am hoping that there will be a second book so I can get the romance that I REALLY wanted to see. Hint, hint Mella. I want another book of Nia. I know that Garreth has to go wherever she goes so I will assume that he will be included. (I would like to demand that he be included! But unfortunately, I am not a Princess.)
I cannot think what genre this book would be classified as. It has elements of Historical Fiction, but is in a fictional country. It starts when Nia is 16 and ends when she is 20. There weren't any fantasy creatures. I just mentioned that I wanted romance. There are adventure elements. Nia travels and has to run from danger. Mystery is also present as you try to figure out who the murderer is. There is palace intrigue and political wrangling. Basically, this book offers a little bit of everything.
There really isn't much not to like about this book. It's clean and follows four years in the life of Nia. It illustrates her struggles and her longing to belong. She shows her compassion as she takes care of the sick and looks after her guard. It also has a powerful message about friendship, love, and loyalty. It is appropriate for all age groups.
I am looking forward to reading more from Mella Reese. She is definitely an author to watch for. (Particularly if she writes more of Nia and Garreth's story. I'm still hinting! :0) )
I received this book to review from the author through Tristi Pinkston book tours.
For more info on Mella, check out these links!
Mella's Site: http://mellareese.com/
Mella's Blog: http://www.authormellareese.
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