I wanted to like this book. I really did. It had a good premise, and a lot of potential. But it fell flat. It read like a first try at writing a story by a preteen or very young teenager. The inconsistencies were plentiful and glaring.
For example, the young princess Kara tells us her parents are dead, that they were murdered when she was nine years old. Later she mentions her uncle is now king, but then, a few paragraphs later, talks about needing to contact her father and how her father (not her uncle) had sent Kalle out on his task. Then, later, she tells Anders that she has only know she was a princess for 3 years. She goes on to explain that she didn't know that her father was the king until she attended a town meeting with him when she was 10 years old. Which was doubly odd because 1) he was murdered when she was 9, and 2) earlier, when she wanted to order Kalle to do something, she asked him if he had sworn allegiance to her father, and he replied that she had seen him do so. She replied she remembered it well.
Also, that would make her all of 13 (she found out 3 years earlier when she was 10 according to her story) and yet she is off on her own, and in a relationship with Kalle??? This is all so glaringly impossible. And so poorly written.
There so many, many more examples of such inconsistencies I could share, that my review would be almost as long as the book (which really wasn't a true book length, truth be told.) I downloaded the kindle version for free, and still felt that, with the time I spent reading it included, I paid way too much for what was there. And this saddens me, for it had true potential. A good editor and several rewrites could save this, and the sequel, and turn them into a single good book. But as they are now, they are a true disappointment.