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The Princess and the Pawn (A Raven and Dove Prequel Novella) (The Raven and the Dove) Kindle Edition
A princess longing to be free.
A bastard aching to belong.
Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart...
Don't miss this prequel novella to The Raven and the Dove, an avian-inspired fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo!
Taking place the day before book one of the series begins, The Princess and the Pawn follows two of the four main characters—Lyana, the dove princess, and Rafe, the bastard born raven—as they prepare for the upcoming courtship trials, in which the royal heirs of all the avian houses compete for mates.
- ASIN : B08PW5DBBS
- Publication date : December 6, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2604 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 43 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,251 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In a world of bird-people, dove princess Lyana wants to be the best, so she’ll get her pick of suitors at the courtship trials rather than be shackled to whoever her parents pick for her. But what she really wants in life is freedom, but she knows it’s not to be with being a princess. Rafe is the son of the former ruler, and the half-brother of the crown prince. The crown prince looks so much like him, they could be twins, and with the crown prince lacking confidence, training, and one hand, Rafe knows that people didn’t argue against him accompanying the crown prince to the courtship trials for a reason.
This is basically just an introduction to the main characters, leading up to yet another competition-focused indie book. I keep wondering if the competitions have become popular because of Hunger Games or just because of one too many low-budget reality competition shows. Honestly, I thought the bird-people were rather corny. Having wings is one thing. I picked up this book via a bookfunnel giveaway and I didn’t get much of a blurb at the time, so I was assuming from their wings this would be an angel versus fallen angel romance and I did love the idea of a retelling of Tristan and Isolde. But it’s rather corny for the bird people in this book to actually have characteristics of the different types of birds. I did like the characters of Lyana and Rafe. I like that Lyana is trying to prove herself and show others that she’s not just something to be won. And I love that she wants her freedom, but realistically knows she can’t have it, at least not as much as she’d like, so she’s determined to win what she can. And I like Rafe, though for trying to not be noticed, he certainly does his best to stand out in sparring. I do love his friendship with his half-brother, and I totally root for him to help his half-brother gain confidence. But the request by his brother at the end, made me lose interest in the crown prince since it totally steamrolled over Rafe and forced him into a corner. One question: who is King Malek? It sounds like he’s supposed to be important, but I have no idea who he is since he just pops up in the final scene.