This book interested me right off the bat, but it was more a reader's instinct than anything in particular that I can point to. It had a lot of intriguing elements to it - a fantasy world, knights, forbidden romance, and mystery. So many things wrapped up in one story, and I thought that this was one book I had to at least give a go. And I'm really glad I did! While I did feel it could have benefited from some more history explanation early on, the authors did a great job of eventually filling in the reader on what exactly had happened many years ago.
Many years ago a king was slain and a new kingdom was born, ruled by his son and in danger from those thought of as friends. Three deaths were to be expected alongside the upcoming tournament, foretold by the Prophecy of Arwin. One, the death of a dream. Two, the death of childhood. And three, the death of a young man. Isolda and Garrion have five children who each have a story to be told in this epic tale of fantasy where young men fight for their freedom, young women learn the capriciousness of the human heart, and nothing is ever as it seems.
This book is told from multiple points-of-view, and when I say multiple, I mean more than five. We see the points-of-view for Isolda, Garrion, several of their children, Bastien (a love interest), Rixin (another love interest)...there may have been more, but I started to lose track. I'm not a huge fan of this many, as I think it can take away from the overall story and make the reader confused. Somehow, though, the authors managed to keep everything on track and make each chapter flow seamlessly, despite jumping from one character's POV to another with each new chapter. My favorite character was probably Tobias, who, ironically enough, did not have his POV shown. Nesta as well, had some particularly funny lines. I automatically gravitated towards the romantic side of the story at first, but I soon wanted to find out more about Terric and his struggles with his impending priesthood. There was so much going on in this story, it's impossible to touch on everything. I just encourage you to read it if fantasy is your thing! It's definitely becoming mine.
Great book by Ryan Hauge and Ivy Smoak - I am intrigued enough to anticipate the next book eagerly, especially due to the cliffhanger this book ended in!
**I received a free copy from the author and this is my honest review.**