- File Size: 2572 KB
- Print Length: 222 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (February 19, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 19, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079H3T4XW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All in all, The Queen of Ieflaria is a good effort, especially for being the author's first published novel. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
But as far as everything else thats not romance its very interesting and entertaining. I laughed out loud several times wich just ranks up the value of the writting for me
Love how open the book is about sexuality and that Esofi is able to marry a man or a woman without problem. There's just the question of possible heirs but with the magic in this world there are solutions. It takes a great look at gender and that it can be fluid.
Esofi and Adale definitely don't seem like a great match at first. Over time though they really grow and so does their chemistry. No instalove here, this relationship takes some work.
My favorite part was the ending and all the twists and surprises it contained. A mix of fantasy and magic and gods equals a book full of awesomeness.
Ahhhh this book is so adorable! If you love high fantasy, court intrigue, dragons and sweet romance, then you really need to read this book. I finished it and made an actual, instinctive "Awww!" sound at the perfect ending! But I also can't wait to read more books in this series.
Princess Esofie of Rhodia has known since she was three that she would have to travel to wed Prince Albion of Ieflaria when she was 18. Unfortunately, when she finally arrives to marry him, she finds he was actually killed in a riding accident three months ago...so if the alliance between the kingdoms is to be sealed, she'll have to marry his younger sister instead. Esofie is disappointed (because she'd really liked Albion through their letter-writing) but more than willing to do her duty; unfortunately, Princess Adale is a hot mess who's terrified of becoming queen and would much rather that her parents give her inheritance - and her new fiancée - to someone else.
Calvin pulls off a really impressive writing feat by making Adale somehow likeable in the beginning of the book despite her TOTAL hot-mess state. Adale starts out the story being hopelessly immature and irresponsible, inarticulate and drowning in self-hatred and fear (blaming herself for her brother's riding accident and KNOWING she'll never be the great ruler he would have been), while Esofi is just AWESOME - confident, smart, persuasive and deeply responsible, a skilled mage and dragon-slayer with a real vision to change her whole world for the better. However, as the book continues, we start to see Esofi's own natural weaknesses and flaws - and how beautifully Adale can actually balance those out and help her overcome them, even as Esofi prompts Adale to look past her personal pain and rise to her own new circumstances. They're a truly perfect partnership after all.
And then the dragons arrive. THE DRAGONS!!!! Ohhhhh do I love the dragons in this book. I can't say very much about them because most of the actual dragon meetings happen in the second half of the book and I don't want to give spoilers, but: I LOVE THESE DRAGONS. And I adored the way that both Esofi and Adale rose to that particular challenge, too!
Both girls are 18 - full adults and ready to get married by their society's standards, but certainly not too old for this to work perfectly as a YA novel OR for adults. The romance never gets more physically intense than kissing - but oh, the romance is so sweet! By the end, I was DESPERATE for them to be together.
Highly recommended! And I'll be preordering the next book in this series the moment it's available.