By Sara B. Larson
Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.
The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?
The novel was set during the middle ages which was different from the usual dystopian novels I read. I thought the beginning of this book was very good and the idea of the plot was interesting but the novel was rather disappointing. I found that the novel had no real relationship, there was constant talk of one but nothing ever really happened. Personally I prefer books were a relationship is established. I greatly enjoyed her strengthen of character and that she was a strong female character. I also like the fact that she was made unique in the novel as she was the only fighting girl in the arm. The book was slow moving in some respects and fast in others. Overall I thought the novel was so so, if you desperately need a book to read the I would recommend it but it was not fantastic.