Many thanks to Laura and Tressa and Prism Book Tours for my spot on this Blog Tour.
Book 1 in historical fantasy series by Jody Hedlund, the story caught my imagination and wonder with its gripping tale which bespoke of adventure and a promise to keep me enthralled from the first page.
There was a prequel to this, Always which gave me the backstory about the three sisters separated by time. Adelaide was one of them, and this was her story.
Adelaide was my hero, she could everything, ride, hunt, win tournaments, better than he make cousins. She was an orphan, until a visitor revealed the truth. She was the real Queen of the land of Mercua who had to fight for her right to the throne.
On the other hand, Christopher hated King Ethelwulf and the way he led his land with brute strength and lawlessness, he trained under rebels, came back to help Adelaide win back her throne. Love emerged along with threats, and it was upto the two to win the rightful fight.
My second book by Jody Hedlund, written in two POV, the medieval tale with its superlative writing made me a bag of emotions where every page had me wanting to join in the good fight.
The author is a brilliant storyteller who could paint a vivid picture with the power of her words. Her mastery over this era captured me. Awe was a word that came to my mind.
The story had its cunning twists and turns with characters who grew up with every chapter. Emotions galore, the book had forgiveness in its core, which surprised me in this family feud.
An exciting tale the book foretold, a brilliant author the words revealed, and a plot which galloped at a swift pace made this a perfect read in the lazy afternoon.
I received a free ARC from Prism Book Tours and the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
All my reviews can be read here
A mini review of the Prequel
A perfect prequel which told me what I needed to know about the backstory of the three sisters and how they were separated from their mother, hidden and protected by Lady Felicia and Lance.
The author Jody Hedlund is a masterful storyteller who painted a vivid picture, weaving in the story amidst the danger that surrounded the protagonists. Emotions rose in me at every page and action dodged my steps.
A novella which whetted my appetite for the book 1 in the series of The Lost Princesses.
Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.
Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).
When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.
An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.
Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.
Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.
When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.
Publication Date: 27th August 2019
Publisher: Northern Lights Press