Where do I start with this book? Do I start with the amazing characters? Or the gripping plot? K.M. Shea has never failed to captivate me and this time was no different.
I was drawn in at the very first paragraph – I loved that Shea just dropped me into the story. Yet, it wasn’t confusing, it began clearly with a simple action scene that introduced me to the characters and setting. The tight kinship within Band Gallant was admirable and I thought the members complimented each other. For some reason, groups like that always get me – the devotion but also playfulness makes me smile. Now to Quinn… She was fantastic. Probably one of my favorite heroines ever. Wait, what?
Yes, one of my favorite heroines! She was brave and faithful and kind and, and… She was amazing. She made mistakes, she wasn’t always perfect, and that made me like her even more. Then there was Emerys. Often the male love interests are portrayed as rather flawless, but I think what made it different with this one, was the way he interacted with Quinn. He teased her in a down-to-earth sort of way and she fired right back at him. Plus, the animals he turned into were quite humbling. And actually, that surprised me because he was often in animal form and so there wasn’t a lot of, “His sculpted muscles were clear beneath his shirt,” or “I laid my hand on his rock hard chest,” or “his starry blue eyes stared down at me.” (cough, gag, cough) you get the picture. So ya that was a nice change.
Now that I’ve ranted about the characters forever, let’s move on to the plot. Umm YES.
What a twist on the Twelve Dancing Princesses! Not what I was expecting, but I definitely loved it. The only thing is that perhaps a tiny bit more complexity would have been nice. But maybe that would have taken away from the beauty of the story. I can’t entirely say for sure, but I am definitely hoping for a sequel.
Alright, so the writing. Can’t say too much, it was nice; although, I would have liked a little more figurative language. It was rather plain, which is fine, it made it easy to read, but I didn’t walk away thinking, “Wow, that was beautiful.”
Finally, it was a clean read and I absolutely love that! I was able to thoroughly enjoy it and feel good about reading it. So, as with all of Shea’s writing, I definitely recommend it.
Have you read this book? If you have what are your thoughts?
That’s all I have to say for now.
Thanks for the read.