Author: Mella Reese
publication date: March 3 2011
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...
I honestly had no idea how good Nia was going to be. I fell in love with this story, I did feel it lacked romance, there was some romance in it, but not nearly enough for me.
The beginning started off with Garreth swearing an oath to soon to be Queen Nia, swearing to stay by her side and protect her till one or the other died. Nia did not approve, she didn’t like someone following her around everywhere she went.
As the days grew Garreth grew on her, they began to get to know each other just a little more and as they grew together so did their friendship.
This book is intense, I loved how Nia was devoted to her fiancé and that he wasn’t jealous of Garreth. If I were Nia’s fiancé I would be jealous, thinking that there was something was going on.
I really loved Garreth’s devotion to protecting Nia and doing whatever she asked.
Nia is a very strong character; she does anything she puts her mind to. She is a healer; she takes after her mom and finds roots and flowers that she can use to heal the people of her castle. If I had to pick any fictional character to look up to Nia would be the girl. She is beautiful, strong, devoted and has a passionate and loving side. Although sometimes her temper gets the better of her (who’s doesn’t).
While I was reading this I kept thinking of what it would be like to live in that era. To live in castles and have to go to war and fight for your own land. Having to be King or Queen, having to be a maid or slave, or fighting for your life. They didn’t have any of the things we do. No communication devices, no internet, they worked hard for what they did and never complained. Looking back and seeing the struggle that they had back then, it really makes me grateful for the things I have now.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone. I heard a rumor that there was going to be two more books ;) I can’t wait to read them!
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