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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...
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Black Rose Writing; First Edition edition (March 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612960103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612960104
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,556,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in southern Nevada. Attended BYU and BYU Hawaii before graduating from UNLV. Mella is married with two wonderful children. "Nia" is her first novel. To learn more about Mella, go to www.mellareese.com

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This is a definite MUST read!
hollybake
I recommend Nia to those who enjoy their historical young adult fiction with a side of romance.
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This is another character that is easy to root for.
Sarah

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Utah Mom VINE VOICE on June 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Nia is destined to be queen someday even though no one, including herself, wants her to wear the crown. Full of self-doubt, Nia struggles against the plots and intrigue in her land. At least, she has one true supporter - Garreth, who has sworn an oath to protect Nia.

The tale is creative and promising. There were some surprises within the story. However, the characters seemed to lack any real dimension and the relationships were unbelievable. There is nothing within the story to back the intense love that Nia supposedly has for her fiance Andras.

The book would have benefitted from careful editing, deeper character development and a tighter plot. This is the author's first novel and I'm sure she will continue to hone and improve her skill as a writer.
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Slightly reluctant to take on this book for review, I gave one glance to the synopsis and was sold. I had to know what happened, what happened to the soldier, what his promise meant, and who Nia was.

In a historical setting, we share Princess Nia's journey as she discovers her worth to others, her self-worth, love, loyalty, and what it means to be a Princess in a time which male heirs are more valuable and accepted by their kingdoms.

Princess Nia is an extremely likable character. Even when others around her do her wrong she is willing to over look their lack of loyalty or compassion and still give hers in return. Despite the fact Princess Nia wants nothing to do with the throne and those around her want her nowhere near it, Princess Nia's smarts and level head becomes apparent and eventually lead to the domino effect of bad events that follow her, her love and fiance, Andras, and her sworn soldier Garreth.

Andras and Garreth both seems to have a similar goal at hand during Nia, to protect Princess Nia from any danger. Too bad, despite both being likable characters and both seeming to break the molds in some ways for men of their time, one of them fails at their duties and leads to the downfall of Nia and the one who would stand faithfully by her side at the throne, in poverty, in any kingdom she may take shelter in.

Nia was a book of mystery, kingdom politics with an underlying tone of romance. Each character did grow, whether it was a personal growth or one in which we were shown the true nature of their inner person. All characters, main or secondary, built the story into what it was, even those I could not stand.

Nia was simply written though pretty complete.
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By Sarah on June 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Nia is the fourth child, and only daughter, of the King of Brychan. Due to unfortunate circumstances, she is the only heir to the throne. No one believes she should be queen, not her, her father, or the kingdom. When the son of a conquered king swears an oath to be her protector and guard for the rest of his life, her life becomes even more complicated.

Nia was an amazingly complicated and real character. She suffers tremendous self doubt about her worth, in part because she has always been treated as not good enough. Her thoughts clearly reveal the depth of her doubts and make for an instantly sympathic heroine. I found myself rooting again and again for her to see how great she really was.

Garreth was also an amazing character. I'd love to have a companion like that. His personality is that of an eternal good guy. He is strong and stubborn and very honorable. This is another character that is easy to root for.

The one person that didn't ring true was Andras, Nia's finance. I fould him to be a bit two-dimensional and flat, but that may due to Nia's hero worship of him.

While there is plenty of action, this is a character driven story about Nia and Garreth. There isn't really a romantic element, although I kept hoping there would be.

The ending came at the right time. There were plenty of details left unresolved, and I can only hope that there is a sequel coming. According to the author's website there will be a sequel, and I can't wait for it to be available.
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Nia is the type of book I enjoy reading. Super clean, great characters, interesting storyline…

I thought this book would be completely predictable and was surprised when it was not. Reading the summary I thought I knew from the start where this book was going. It wasn’t until I had about 20 pages left that I realized it wasn’t going to wrap up how I wanted it to. I didn’t realize this was the first book in a series. At least it better be a series because the ending was not what I wanted it to be and this story is not done being told.

I was expecting much more romance than what was in this book. There were several times I wanted to give Nia a nice slap and say are you blind, wake up and see what is in front of you, but I still found her to be a likable character.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this story which kept it interesting. My only complaint is a few editing errors and time passing too quickly – weeks, months and even a year passed with no mention of what occurred and I felt like I’d missed something.

I’ll definitely read the sequel because I believe ultimately the story will end up how I want it to by the end of the series. Garreth is by far my favorite character in the story and I look forward to reading more about him and Nia.

Content: Clean

Source: From author for review as part of a blog tour

Rating: 3.5 – Good Book
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