Author: Natasja Hellenthal
Cover Artist: Kirsty Fossengen
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/15/2015
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction
It’s time for change! In a country with a cursed justice system, two women; the mysterious Queen Artride and her loyal bodyguard Tirsa, set out on a secretive perilous quest. They hope to find the sorceress, the only person powerful enough to be able to lift the curse, in Dochas; the strange Magical Land.
But they have to hurry as they only have three weeks to save Tirsa’s teenage brother’s life, sentenced to hanging for a petty crime.
The women are soon drawn to each other, however struggles and questions arise. Will the sorceress be willing to help them and for what price?
OH… Oh my goodness!!!!
As I read this book I was cuddled up in my bed, a storm beating the windows. I had sweet smelling candles lit and Evanescence’s Fallen playing softly in the background. It was the perfect setting to start what looked like a pretty great book!! (I was right)
This story is about a Knight and her Queen. They leave the kingdom in search of a powerful sorceress who can break the spell of the Book of Laws that really rules the Queendom and to save the life of the Knight’s brother. Sounds pretty straightforward right? Easy, no problems, been there and done that right? OH HECK NO!! This is not your average Damsel in distress and Knight in shining Armour, not by a long shot!!
I was pleasantly surprised with how well Ms Hellenthal wove a very well written tale full of danger, suspense, mystery, intrigue and eventually romance and joy. It was breathtaking and brilliant. The characters are so good I actually worried for them, fidgeting as I rode the twists and turns. It was too long for me to finish in one setting but I hated to put it down and I resented my need for sleep for interrupting me. I could not wait to get back into the story.
This book was beyond great!! I can not wax poetically enough, I want to scream from the highest hill top, to bounce and dance around with glee… Just… just WOW! I have NEVER read a book that I wanted to see made into a movie more! Really with the details and the way I was immersed into the book it was like a movie in my head but to see it on the big screen would be beyond amazing!
I loved how the relationship between Artride and Tirsa develops as they travel across the land, danger twisting and turning across every new landscape. They learn to become more than Queen and Knight, then more than friends as they begin to rely on each other for their very survival then possibly more. There are many mysterious creatures that Ms Hellenthal painted for them to encounter along the way, some helpful, some very, very unhelpful in the most painful ways. The palace of the Sorceress is a maze of confusion and there is so much drama… I wont give anything else away but let me leave you with this, I adored this book and it is one of my favourites. Give it a try!
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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