Author: Karalynn Lee.
Published: October 29th 2012.
Publisher: Carina Press.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
Princess Kimri is used to betrayal. Her brother sold her to a king in exchange for swords to defend his lands. King Tathan's reputation is as fierce as that of his mountain kingdom—where dragons are said to guard the castle walls—but the realms are unstable enough without angering the mountain-king, so Kimri reluctantly agrees to the union. When she arrives in Helsmont, the king promises her a year of courtship before marrying—or parting ways. Before long, Kimri thinks she may find comfort, and perhaps eventually love, with the stoic king. But the realms are more unsettled than Kimri realizes, and she soon finds herself caught in the middle of a war between the kingdoms. Can she count on her betrothed to take her side? Or will his loyalty to his kingdom come before his loyalty to her?
“But to matter where in my realms my thoughts might dwell,” he said, “they return to you.”
Kimri is a princess with a great spirit. She is not arrogant and lazy, but she is fierce and she knows how to fight. Dereth used her to get more weapons and men in the never-ending war with Kensgate. The mysterious King Tathan from the mountains asked for her hand in return for swords and army, so now she is shipped off to Helsmont.
Instead of finding a brutal and scary man, she meets an attractive, kind man. After a while, Kimri gets used to the people and she starts to love the place. Everybody is nice to her and she can do whatever she wants. Her meetings with the King are short, but they start to fall in love with each other. Until Kimri gets the message that Kensgate captured her brother and Tathan doesn’t want to pay the price. Kimri decides to safe her brother, but when things doesn’t go according to plan, Kimri is starting to wonder if she can return to the man she loves.
The only thing I found disappointing was the fact that there are hardly any dragons in this book. Yes, there are rumours that there are sleeping dragons in the realm. The mountains are supposed to be guarded by a dragon, but you have to wait ‘till the end before they make an appearance. When they made there entrance in the story, they surprised me. I never saw the plot coming, so that was well-done. The writing-style is also very pleasant. It reads extremely fast. I would say, just read this one between some other books. It’s cute for one read, but nothing too special.