For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she's never had ... until she's betrayed.
Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family's cruelty and the court's contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.
But powerful men have powerful enemies--and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman's, giving Alyrra the first choice she's ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she's never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.
I loved this book!!
Great book with high fantasy, romance, danger, & adventure.
The romance between Alyrra & Prince Kestrin was not over the top. It's actually much more subtle than I normally read. I would've liked a little more romance. I don't mean sex scenes, I mean romance. There was plenty of build up, but (for me) it didn't go quite far enough.
Great character development and flowing story line.
I read the book in one day. I also cried like a baby. Before I purchased the book, I read one review that complained a person was killed for no apparent reason. I disagree. If you look past the pain, you'll see the need. Though, at the time of death, you will not. I certainly didn't. Yes, at the time, I was ticked. :)
If you've ever read anything by Robin McKinley, you will love this book.