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Her father, on the other hand, has encouraged her unseemly behavior of training as a squire. She made a deal with her mother when she was 12 years old that in five years she would stop squire training. Lucky for everyone she has this training and the training with her father in strategy and tactics. Her father being the commander of the King's Guard and one of the best strategists around.
Thus sets the stage of this engaging tale of adventure and love. Her unfortunate betrayal of her best friend until her almost 'Happily Ever After' Olivia Davenport has enough clever, useful ideas, teen angst and uncertainties of the heart to make this a wonderful Young Adult story.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys Young Adult stories about action and love that are set in a background of medieval times.
When a call to duty comes to spirit her father off to battle, Olivia begs to come, only to be told that the fantasy is done, she cannot become a knight, it's time to grow up.
Well, that just won't do.
In much the way that the title character of Mulan did in the classic Disney film, Olivia disguises herself as a boy and rides to join the fray, hoping no one will notice. What could possibly go wrong? Adding to the difficulties are her burgeoning feelings for the handsome Prince Liam, who she knows deep down is too far above her station to ever have a relationship with, to say nothing of what will happen when her subterfuge is discovered.
I really did enjoy this book. Olivia is a capable heroine: tough, independent, and still dutiful. The characters were well-realized (though I wish they could have been expanded more than they wore) and the ending was on the predictable side. Even so, I would still recommend this story to teens (especially girls) between 12 and 16.
My favorite passage: "Oh yes, because this is every girl's ultimate wish. I don't get the princess fantasy—the adult-perpetuated myth that every little girl should dream of becoming a princess. Because you live happily ever after, right? This presumption is unconvincing to me. True princes are a rare find. So let's face it, the odds of becoming an actual princess are slim at best. Girls should be taught to create their own happiness." I love that the author spells it out in black and white as well as having the entire book and character reinforce the concept.
So, what does the future hold? Because there is a second book? Right? Right?! I don't think we've seen the last of these characters. I have my suspicions, but I'm not going to share them.
Overall, great job!
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All the characters are very likable and the scenery realistic and beautiful. Jane Mcgarry has a way of making you feel like you are taking the adventure alongside Oliva Davenport and Prince Liam. Be prepared for late nights. This one is hard to put down. Looking forward to the sequel and how Olivia and Liam's relationship develops...or not?!! So proud of you Jane McGarry. Keep it coming!
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Overall, this book was enjoyable. I finished it in two days! Even though Olivia isn’t one of my favorite characters – she had a bit of an identity...Read more