|Digital List Price:||$0.99|
|Print List Price:||$14.99|
Save $14.99 (100%)
White Hart (White Hart series #1) Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, 2.5 for this adult YA reader.
It was well-edited and fairly well written (if occasionally a bit unpolished, tell not show, etc.), especially considering that Mae's narrative is told in present tense, which usually feels clumsy and/or artificial to me even when it's used consistently -- believe it or not, I didn't even notice until I was well in.
Her emotions are realistically young, which at times means she's a bit rash and/or selfish and/or whiny, but she is nevertheless a likable and sympathetic character. The prince is gradually revealed to have his own depths, and to have not lived quite as spoiled and easy a life as Mae assumed, but he's too eager to believe himself in love with his supposed craft-born bride-to-be, mainly because she's beautiful; it's not like they had much time to get acquainted before her abduction! Mae waffles between wishing the prince saw *her* that way, and not wanting to be stuck being queen, as well as between the desire for revenge, and reluctance to kill anyone, especially once she learns that her hated targets may know more than she does about her gift.
There are some creative touches in the dangers of the cursed forest, though it gets a bit episodic, and the creepy Nix's intentions are left unexplained, presumably for a later installment. Then, just as Mae (and the reader) thinks the plot of this volume is coming to a successful if bittersweet resolution, things take an unexpected twist on the last couple pages.
A lot of time we see magic in the form of fire, wind, ice, water, healing, electric or mind manipulation. In White Hart it is nature based, something I enjoyed seeing, something different from what I have read in the past. The story felt complete when I finished reading it, but knowing there is more to the series makes me want to see what will happen, where else will Dalton take this story. The possibilities seem endless at this point. It didn't feel predictable nor force fast. It felt like I was beside Mae as everything happened. I felt her emotions and actions throughout every scene.
This was a highly enjoyable read and I do recommend it to those who enjoy young adult novels. It will show young readers a strong female lead who finds strength in herself and knows when to ask other's for help.
In short, the kingdom of Aegunlund is floundering without magic (and in my opinion, without a good, strong king). The king has decreed that the first craft-born girl (someone who can use nature magic) who comes along will marry his son, Prince Casimir. Mae is that girl for this generation. And she wants that kept a secret.
Girls try trickery to win the coveted position of wife to the crown prince. In Mae's village, one such girl, Ellen, succeeds in tricking Prince Casimir into believing that she is craft-born. Mae is happy to let Ellen have the honor. But before Prince Casimir and Ellen can make it home to the castle to be wed, the unthinkable happens, forcing Mae and the prince to set off together through the dark and very dangerous Waerg Woods. Will they succeed in rescuing Ellen and making it safely to the castle???
There were several things that didn't work for me in this book.
First, and this may sound crazy since this is a fantasy book, the book wasn't believable. The best fantasy books weave such a good story that even though things are magical and made up, you feel caught up in the world the author created. You feel like you are there in the midst of the action. You feel so enmeshed in the book that it seems totally real and plausible. That never happened here. The woods were full of all sorts of very interesting and creative dangers. May and the prince had to navigate these or perish trying. But after the first few, I found myself sayiing, "Really?? You're kidding, me, right??"
Second, there were too many questions left unanswered for me. For example, how can Mae, the prince and the animals (Mae's white hart and the prince's horse) be almost killed by blood sucking vines and then be okay a few pages later? What was the purpose of the visit to the willow? Why is the forest segmented into sections with the various dangers relegated to just one section? Why are the woods so dangerous and yet Prince Casimir and his two body guards arrived in Mae and Ellen's home village through those woods and the King and his entourage also safely traversed them both to and from picking up the traveling party? And what was the King even doing there? How could he have heard about the missing prince, figure out where to find him and travel there, safely, in such a short period of time? And many more....
Third, I really didn't like the main characters. Mae often behaved like an undisciplined, egotistical, spoiled brat. Casimir was a pampered prince who, after meeting Ellen for the very first time and seeing how beautiful she is, fell head over heels in love with her. Really?? Yes, they are teenagers and teenagers can be just this way, but come on.... And gosh, I got so tired of hearing Mae pine for Casimir when she wouldn't tell him the truth about who she was and wouldn't try to win him over.
So all in all, I would give this book 3 stars.... except the ending totally irritated me and so I knocked my rating down to 2 1/2 stars.
This is not a stand-alone novel. The ending demonstrates that. I do not like reading books that can't stand alone until the trilogy or series is finished. If a series/trilogy is good, I read it straight through. I don't like losing momentum, especially when there is no way to know when the next book will be released. I did not realize this book was the first in a series of non-stand-alone books or I would not have chosen to read it.
And the ending wasn't well done at all. The reader is sailing along and then hits a big wall. One minute is story. Then boom! No more story. It was like falling off a cliff. It left me feeling a great big "What?? Really?? You're ending like this?? Here and now??" I was unsatisfied.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Children's Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic
- Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age
- Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Fantasy & Magic > Coming of Age
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Fantasy & Magic > Sword & Sorcery
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery