Friday November 6, 2009
by Julia Golding
Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal in order to unite their lands. And he's not too pleased, either. They hate each other on sight.
So, when Tashi and Ramil are kidnapped, they fear there's no escape - from their kidnappers or from each other. Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive ambush, unarmed combat, brainwashing, and imprisonment?
And will the people they meet on their adventure help them or betray them to the enemy?
This is just one of those books that is a joy to read. It has an age old storyline about two strangers who are for various reasons, unhappily betrothed. Thankfully the author's imagination adds more depth and originality to the story.
Princess Taoshira, or Tashi as she is called, is from a land that is predominantly run by women. Taken at a very young age from her simple life as a goat herder's daughter, Tashi is thrust into the position of Fourth Crown Princess of her kingdom. She learns the customs of this position before she really even knows who she is herself.
Ramil on the other hand has been royalty his whole life and therefore lives accordingly. Although a tad bit used to getting his way it is obvious he is a good person with good intentions for his future kingdom.
I enjoyed getting to know all the characters in this book. Tashi and Ramil are our leads but the story would not be as fun without all the unique supporting characters.
A easy, fun read that I easily recommend. A lot of adventure, gory battle scenes, a love story, and quite a bit of humor too.
Descriptive battle scenes make this appropriate for 6th grade and up!
Find out more about Julia Golding and her other books HERE