But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he’s not the only one who needs her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do.
I loved this book. It was amazing and beautiful, and mark my words, I WILL find the next book. I don't think I've ever read as well done of a desert adventure, except for maybe in Ranger's Apprentice, which has to be one of my favorite series of all time.
Elisa was a wonderful, believable protagonist whose insecurity was really well-written - something all writers strive for. I sympathized with her the whole way through, as she fretted about her inadequacy and appearance. Elisa's transformation as the book went on was truly remarkable - her self-esteem, appearance, everything changed completely, revealing her to be the strong girl that everyone knew she could be - everyone but herself.
The description, keenly observant even in the dullest moments, captured my attention and held it throughout the entire book. The premise, with all of its religious issues, was captivating - I love books about kingdoms with religious problems. I don't know why.
In short, AMAZING BOOK - YOU MUST READ IT OR ELSE!!!!!! Seriously, I wouldn't be threatening my awesome audience if it wasn't that good. PLEASE READ.
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