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Aurelia Paperback – April 17, 2008
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But, there is something Aurelia does not know, and that is she is marked for death. Her old school mate and confidant, Robert Vantauge, has come back to Tyralt at the urging of his king. Since Aurelia's life is in danger, Robert volunteers to protect her and find out who would want to kill the adored princess of the people.
She is beyond thrilled that Robert is back, but their relationship has changed from when they were children. Robert may act as if they are just friends, but when he looks at Aurelia, she sees another story in his eyes. Eventually Aurelia finds out the truth about Robert and the danger to her own life. Instead of cowering in fear, she works with Robert to find the villain who wants to eliminate her, even though the person could be someone she cares for and is as close as Robert is to her.
As an adult reading a young adult novel, Aurelia was enjoyable on so many levels that it didn't matter that this was a book for the younger generation. Aurelia is a super heroine who is no weeping willow. She takes everything in stride and has a good head on her shoulders. This is a young woman who is very much a queen in the making. Robert is not only a romantic interest, but an honest and true friend who cares for the person she is and not about his place in court or a longing for a higher position.
This is one exceptionally written book, and Anne Osterlund has awed and astounded with Aurelia. This is one young adult read that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. A very recommended book.
As an adult reading this book I found the writing style and prose very simple and the plot sterotypical. But a young girl reading this might view the book as an exciting adventure between a fiesty princess and her dashing childhood friend.For Moms looking for nice clean books with adventure and a dash of romance for their young daughters to read,this book fits the bill.
If you or your daughter enjoyed this book, then I would suggest Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith, The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, a Posse of Princessess by Sherwood Smith and Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock. IMHO Crown Duel and The Hero and the Crown are the Classics in this genre and are very readable for both young girls and not so young gals who are young at heart.
Aside from that point, the tale was just too much same old same old, with the brave young princess, beloved by her people, can't stop back talking her less than perfect father and king.
When the romance blossoms it lacks the passion that Aurelia exhibits in all her other activities. Here you have a powerful, intelligent, "fierce" woman who is terrified by a simple kiss. I found it irritating that an otherwise mature character would act so childishly.
When it comes time to catch the assassin, Aurelia must face him alone, even though Robert promised that both he and her father would be there to help her. They both don't show up in time to help, and once they do get there and assassin is found dead, her father does nothing to apprehend the person who hired the assassin.
When the murder is discovered there is no justice--the murder simply walks away scott free.
I found the climax of this book to be grossly under par, and I would not recommend anyone purchase it.
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.
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What I appreciate most about this author is that her stories are character-driven, while still containing intricate plots. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ysabel Emily
Great book with interesting twists and turns that will keep you guessing!Published 20 months ago by Me
Great story about adventure and growing up with many expectations from others, but also from yourself. I love this book!Published on June 4, 2014 by Mia Wood
When the crown princess of Tyralt, a fictional country long time and far away, becomes the target of an assassin, her childhood friend and classmate, Robert, volunteers to protect... Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by karsiyaka
A slow start and I'm confused about the technology but thoroughly enjoyable. The author conveys amazing emotion and I didn't see the plot twist till just before the reveal. Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by Faegirl93
Aurelia arrived on time and was in great condition. I am pleased with the books condition and the time frame that it arrived in. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Morgan
This was such a sweet and lovely book to read. It had intrigue, mystery and just a very little bit of romance. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Alison Varnell
Aurelia Lauzon is the next in line for the throne of Tyralt. Though she loves her kingdom and her people, the last thing Aurelia wants is to be forced into a political... Read more
Both the characters and the story where really good,
and the plot of the story developed nicely. Read more