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- File Size : 4122 KB
- Publisher : Northern Lights Press (September 22, 2020)
- Publication Date : September 22, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 258 pages
- ASIN : B088NMW8PW
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1733753451
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,960 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In her newest series, Jody Hedlund puts her own, unique spin on a few well-loved fairy tales, with Beholden giving a fresh take on the Cinderella story. Lady Gabriella lost her father, her home, and her freedom to the whims of a cruel queen. Now she and two loyal servants waste away in Queen Margery’s failing gem mine. Prince Vilmar of Scania wants to prove he deserves his father’s throne more than his brothers. In order to secure his position, he submits to an ancient testing. He willingly enters the mines under a false identity, unsure of the cryptic instructions given to him.
When I learned Jody Hedlund had a new Medieval YA series planned I was thrilled. She has such a way with knights, ladies, and devious monarchs! Beholden is packed with romance, more than enough action and hints of a mystery that will have you longing for the rest of the series. Gabriella struggles with vengeance and the price she’ll have to pay for it. Meanwhile, Vilmar must decide to do what he knows is right even though it goes against what he believes is expected of him. The ending promises to tie into the rest of series and I cannot wait to meet back up with Gabriella and Vilmar, hopefully in Beguiled. I also can’t wait to see if my theory about a certain huntsman is correct! If you enjoy fairytale retellings, then you’ll definitely want to check out The Fairest Maidens. I would recommend this book for fans of Melanie Cellier and Melanie Dickerson.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
"Slay your enemies with the greatest weapon of all: kindness."
It seems that Lady Gabriella has heeded the words of her dear father, even as she slaves her life away deep within queen's gem mines. Her kindness and compassion are well known through-out the Warwick colony; her courage further demonstrated when she runs to prevent a newcomer from falling to his death off a swinging bridge.
That very act of selflessness catches the eye of another new arrival, Prince Vilmar of Scania, who has come to work the mines as part of his "testing", having left his true identity behind while he seeks to earn the rule of his own kingdom by learning to "be slave of all". But is becoming a future king worth ignoring the sacrifice that the beautiful Gabriella seems determined to make?
"If not for you, I wouldn't have learned how to be a better man."
A really sweet story filled with multiple twists and turns, both expected and unexpected. . . . leaving the door open for continuation, and closing the door on what mattered the most.
Beholden, sets the scene for a new teen series, which is set before the Lost Princesses series. Beholden features the second oldest prince, Vilmar, as he competes in the testing for the right to the throne of Scania. In order to complete his testing he must learn what it means to be a servant of all, but is he willing to lose the testing in order to save the woman he loves and the people he has come to admire?
Vilmar finds himself a slave, serving the evil queen Margery as she sends her subjects to mine for gems. As he labors alongside the other prisoners of the queens’ he finds himself seeing that he has been blessed with much. I liked Vilmar’s character and his growth as he worked alongside the other slaves. He was a kind man, but he had to learn what it meant to serve others.
Gabriella was so cool. Although she was a lady, she cared for others and she was kind. Gabriella had been changed for stealing and so she was sent to the mines, where she worked. She had a secret that would change everything and she knew that she needed to fight to save others. I loved how Gabriella loved hard and that her beauty was more than just on the outside.
Gabriella was so sweet and everyone could see her kindness. She was loved by all, even the guards. However, Gabriella had her own demons to work through. She needed to learn how to forgive and how to not let bitterness eat her up. She had been taught by her father to be kind and love others, but working in the mines could change a person.
I loved Gabriella and Vilmar’s love story. It was a gradual thing and so sweet. They truly cared about each other and learned how to put each other first. I adored the side characters, Curly was a sweetheart. I really liked how he came off as harsh and mean, but he was actually kind and a big teddy bear.
There were so many points in the book where I didn’t know what would happen. I was on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t put Beholden down. It was the perfect blend of suspense, adventure, and love. It was a Cinderella story like I have never read before.
There were so many quotes that I loved from this book. But one of my favorite votes was “If someone is in need, ‘tis better to try to help, even if you fall, then never to try at all.” This quote reminded me how important helping others was. Another quote I loved was “Kindness is a commodity one can never use up.” I recalled more of my father’s advice. “And kindness is a commodity that will always be in demand.” This quote was so important to the story and reminds me how being kind of always necessary.
This was a great book and a great start to a new series! I loved this book and I adored the characters! I am so excited for the next books and so happy that I only have to wait a month for Beguiled. If you love adventure, romance, and a wonderful story then you need to read this book. Beholden is a new look at Cinderella and it was amazing! I would definitely recommend Beholden!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion