Author: Deirdre O’Dare
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
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Rating: You Want to Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
Yerna Yatskievych left her humble beginnings on a poor farm to become one of the few female knights in Draconia. As a guard for the kingdom’s handsome younger prince, Yerna finds her role both wonderful and challenging. Of course, the prince is far above her reach, but a girl has to dream sometimes.
For Hazwell the Disposable, the trappings and perks of royalty hold little appeal. He wonders what will become of him when his older brother, Crown Prince Maximilian, becomes king. Now, with Max away, a few duties fall to Hazwell, revealing a life of which he will never have more than a tempting taste. But things start to go wrong when his young guard’s hesitant request to be relieved of a problem starts a chain of events with incinerating consequences. Then treachery and mischance bring about huge changes.
With this courageous young female knight at his side, Hazwell dares to reach and strive farther than he had ever dreamed, even to claiming an ancient family power and rising to incredible heights.
My first impression of the main characters was not a very good one. The heroine laments her life growing up poor under a father who is both physically and verbally abusive and how glad she is to be a knight so he can never strike her again – ignoring the fact she left six younger siblings to the fate she escaped. Furthermore, when offered a favor by the prince, less than twenty four hours after they first meet, she asks him to be a pimp and find someone to take the horrid curse of her virginity away.
The hero is no better. Despite the fact that this very progressive kingdom has been allowing women to become knights for several decades, he immediately wonders if Yerna is gay simply because she chose knighthood over dressmaking.
The story is fairly predictable and silly if you know anything about medieval secession. The idea that an older brother would try to murder the younger brother – who has shown no interest in being king – in order to protect his crown is ridiculous. A younger brother could be married off to forge and/or strengthen alliances. They were valuable assets.
The sex is okay, but I might have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t hated both leads.
Overall, not my favorite of stories.