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Aurelia Paperback – April 17, 2008
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The story begins with a clandestine outing in a menacing alley and builds to a melodramatic climax of swords and stallions. Along the way, all manner of balls and betrayals pepper a concoction frothy in tenor but heavy with intrigue. Aurelia, the rebellious crown princess of Tyralt, pulls against the constraints of court composure and political etiquette. Brash and outspoken, she is forever challenging the statesmanship of her father and stepmother, particularly their efforts to find her a suitable (read rich) husband. But that’s far less troubling than the fact that someone is trying to kill her. Enter Robert, dashing, earnest son of the king’s own spy, to rescue the comely Aurelia and track down the assassin. The mystery is well conceived and satisfactorily resolved, and the court full of royal tropes veneered with contemporary sensibilities is irresistible. Plausible, no; entertaining, yes. Grades 7-12. --Thom Barthelmess
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Aurelia's childhood friend and fellow classmate Robert Vantauge comes from the frontier to protect his friend. His father was the former spymaster of the kingdom but is now retired and raising horses far from the political intrigue of the castle. Robert's uncle is one of the king's advisers and his cousin Chris is a noted courtier.
Aurelia is smart, stubborn, and eager to be a good leader to her people. However, her stepmother and the king are more concerned with marrying her off to "suitors" nearly three times her age than they are with her abilities as a ruler. Aurelia feels that her fate is like a shackle around her ankle keeping her from doing what she wants to do.
It takes Robert's investigations to unravel the tangle of plots around her and leads her to see an ultimate betrayal. But, along the way, Aurelia and Robert fall in love. He has loved her since they were children but this is a new thing for her. After all, he travels from the edge of the frontier to help her when she needs him.
The story is well-written and the characters well-developed. Fans of fantasy will enjoy this story of intrigue, betrayal, and romance. Luckily, the sequel EXILE is available for readers who want to know what happens next for Aurelia and Robert.
Aurelia is a headstrong and brave princess who can take care of herself. She has a good head on her shoulders and cares about her subjects in the kingdom more then her father, the King does. She tries her best to be a good Princess, but she's not very Princess'y. She's impatient and would rather be out and doing something rather then sitting around talking about it. She's been hurt in the past and is very careful with her heart and so is caught off guard by her attraction to Robert.
Robert is wonderful character. He's determined to figure out who is out to get Aurelia. You can tell he really cares about her and I love that he makes sure she knows it. There's not jumping into eachothers arms here, but I'm hoping in the next one *maybe* :)
This book wasn't exactly easy to predict. There were some things I saw coming, like some of the bad guys. But they only worked for the bad person who I didn't predict. I really don't want to say more because that will make it too easy for you to figure it out, but things are not all what they seem.
What made me mad (but in a good way cause feeling emotions from books is good!) is what happens at the end. Not the very end. But when they figure out who did it, who was responsible for trying to kill Aurelia. What happened, or rather, didn't happen, was infuriating! I'm hoping that all that is figured out in future books.
This book was clean. No cursing, no sex and not really even any violence. I would say it's appropriate for the younger readers as well as the older (I know I loved it and I'm an adult!).
I can't wait to pick up the next book, Exile!
I admit it, I'm a complete sucker for a gorgeous book cover, and I was immediately curious about this novel when it popped up in my Amazon recommendations. I'm so glad I decided to check it out. Aurelia is a fun, fluffy, romantic piece of escapism - a very pleasant way to while away a few hours. The book is not without its problems - there are a few plot holes and jumps in the narrative that make the story seem unnecessarily rushed. Overall I was pretty pleased with Robert and Aurelia's character and relationship development - I would say this story is very appropriate for young teens & up. I also have to give Osterlund credit for the reveal of the villain - it was a pleasantly unexpected twist to a story that was feeling familiar (but familiar in a nice, comfortable sort of way). I'm torn about the ending of the book - on the one hand I couldn't stand it, because the lack of "proper" resolution was maddening. However, on the other hand I have to admire Osterlund's gumption in refusing to wrap up her tale with some sort of neat, safe, fairy tale-like ending. This is a promising debut for Osterlund, and I look forward to reading more of her work and seeing her story-crafting abilities (hopefully) develop further.
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