Published by Harlequin MIRA on November 1st 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I am not a huge fantasy reader. I don’t have anything against it, I just prefer other genres. But the description sounded good and I figured why not!?!
Five very different sisters (Bluebell, Ash, Rose, Willow, Ivy) set off on a journey to save their father who just so happens to be King of Thyrsland. He is very ill, in a coma-like state on the brink of death. It is determined that he is elf-shot. Someone has poisoned him and he needs magic to cure him. Bluebell is leading the journey to find the cure for their father. Her sisters are not as “excited” as she is to go on this journey but they all agree to go along. The five sisters are attempting to reach their aunt who is a practitioner of undermagic. They believe she is the one who can heal their father. Along the way we see their individual differences as well as their similarities (childish/immature and selfish). Finding the cure for their father is not their only issue, they also have a step-brother, Wylm, who wants the throne. But is he the only threat to the kingdom? On their journey the ladies/sisters learn that they all have secrets that could hurt themselves, the kingdom and Bluebell getting the throne.
Breakdown of sisters:
Bluebell – oldest. She is a warrior who will one day inherit the throne. She is pretty kick ass but often acts without thinking
Ash – the mythical one. She has a gift for magic. She has visions and has even seen her own “becoming”. But is her gift really a gift or is it is curse?
Rose – married to a King of a neighboring kingdom but in love with another man who has fathered her young daughter.
Willow – who is very devoted to her religion. She views her sister as being heathens. *Ivy’s twin
Ivy – who lives for adoration and the attention of men and is quite active in that department. *Willow’s twin
I found this book to be beautifully written but at times did seem to drag a little. There are various POV sections throughout this book as each sister has a part to tell in this book. Through their individual POV parts we learn their thoughts, motivations, secrets and fears. Thankfully, each sister had her own distinct personality that helped the POV parts from being confusing. There are some twists and turns, some treachery, secrets, and secret agendas. As I stated there were some slow parts and I think the book would be better with a little more editing. Some may be turned off by the constant swearing. The characters are flawed. Good people do bad things and bad people do good things in this book. This is more of a fun read than an earth shattering one. I think this is a good book for that plane ride, day at the beach or hanging out inside on a snowy day. You wont walk away feeling as if you read great literature, but it is a good entertaining read. Don’t we all deserve a book like that once in awhile?
This is the first book in a trilogy.
Thank you to Random House Publishing – Ballantine and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.