It all began with one stolen kiss....
Ten thousand years ago, deep in Regia's forests, the Dryads lived, hidden and aloof, determined to serve the Heart of the World and keep it secret. Shi was chosen at birth to become a Verdant, one of the 20 princesses to sacrifice to the flame. Plagued by curiosity, one night Shi breaks the rules. A Verdant must always remain pure and innocent and never venture out beyond the boundary.
A month after taking the throne, King Leramiun grows restless, confined to the castle by his new responsibilities. After receiving reports about a mass grave in the forests, Leramiun makes a rash decision to investigate by himself. Instead of finding death, he finds Shi, a goddess of life. One stolen kiss...sets in motion the destruction of an entire race.
©2014 Tenaya Jayne (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
In the first two books Shi became important to me as Forest's guide and confidante. That she is a ghostly guardian makes her all the more intriguing. I longed to know her story and Verdant delivers. Jayne writes a heart-breaking and beautiful story of over-enthusiastic and innocent love that goes wrong.
How love turns to hate and the price of their love is original and haunting. Jayne takes us back in time and shares a story that would be easy to turn into a moral, but her real complex portrayal of the characters and their lives makes it complex and rich.
This is a must read for any Regia fan, or anyone who loves a great story of young love and its folly.
Okay. Now, first I did not realize that this story of Regia of a novella. I only read the description and because I was very much interesting in knowing the back story of “the wood” and Shi as a friend of Forest…. I immediately started reading it.
I am shook up a little. How tragic was that! Seriously. No resolution and although the ending stated that absolution was to come, I felt it could have come in this book. She was in so much pain and to have never dealt with it, should have made her crazy. And the harem Leramium married…. She was kind and gentle in the end, but I wonder how she really felt about her man loving another woman. I mean is that where the bitterness in the queen’s line started? I don’t know how to rate this one. It was obviously well written because it drew me in with the feelings of love and defiance. The ideal or “Us Against the World” is always appealing. With that said the ending was not ideal and has left me dejected.
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