I don't read that many fantasy books, but this one's blurb got me curious. Also, look at that pretty cover!
Plus, J.M. Miller's writing style. She's a chameleon author, switching genres with ease.
That being said, let me tell you my thoughts about this book.
Like with any PNR/fantasy book and world, it takes a little for the reader to get into the world described by the author; with the characters and elements. The book starts with the main character, Vala - the entire story is told from her POV - as she slowly reveals to us that she is different than the others. I won't say more than that, so as not to spoil it.
Vala is the prince's guard, they grew up together and she's one of the best. People fear her because she is different, so while that makes for a pretty lonely existence, Vala takes it as an advantage against the enemy.
Gardin is a small kingdom and about to be taken over by a much larger one. Either by force or through marrying Prince Caulden to Princess Anja. Was I fan of these two? No. As a matter of fact, I pretty much was pissed off because of how they treated Vala and I wish she stood up more for herself.
But! It all works out when a mysterious male character pops up out of nowhere. Yes, I was intrigued by him. Yes, I fell for him. Read the book and you'll see why.
I'll only say this, there will be more. Some questions aren't answered, some characters still need an a** kicking. As a whole, I really enjoyed the book, especially the last 30% or so. I'm eager for more!
I voluntarily agreed to review an early copy of this book, which I'm rating 4 - 4.5 stars.