Last year, I read Shadow and Thorn by Kenley Davidson and I absolutely loved it! So when I found Book 1-3 of the Andari Chronicles on sale for ninety-nine cents, I swooped to pick them up.
This book is beautifully written. Davidson’s style is absolutely stunning and she uses a colorful vocabulary. It is not often that I read a book which strikes me like this one did; it left me wanting more. The pacing was fairly good as well, however, there was a lot of stuff in between. Often it was backstory or the character’s thought. Unfortunately, the large amount of this caused me, at times, to skim. As for the plot, I loved that Trystan’s role in her household was different than your typical Cinderella story; it gave this novel fresh taste to it.
On a related note, the characters were charming. Trystan was smart; she thought through things instead of acting rashly. But she wasn’t perfect. She messed up, big time. Trystan’s banter with Ramsey was adorable and made me smile more than once. I just wish that there had been more development with their relationship. Up till about 85%, it felt like we were just skimming the surface and then all of a sudden they jumped in. Although he was a minor character, I loved Kyril. I hope he shows up again in a later book.
Lastly, this reminded me of my own novel Ashes of Glass. It was really weird because this is the first time I’ve ever read this book, but there are a number of parallels.
Altogether, I definitely recommend this book. It is a beautifully written, captivating fairytale retelling. Keep your eyes open for a review of book #2!