After learning her father has been captured, Emariya is desperate to save him, no matter who she has to turn to for help. Oblivious to her potential gifts and the secrets surrounding her dual heritage, Emariya makes a bargain with the prince of a rival land, Torian Ahlen. In exchange for her hand in marriage, he agrees to send his forces to rescue her father. With the arrangements made, Emariya embarks on a tumultuous journey through two kingdoms as different from each other as the families that rule them.
Before long, Emariya comes face to face with her mother's killers, and learns of an ominous prophecy: her and Torian's bloodlines must never be combined. Armed with this frightening new knowledge, Emariya begins to fear the handsome prince may desire more than to steal her heart, and it will take all of her newfound skills to survive.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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16-year-old Emariya has not been thinking about marriage, until her brother Reeve tells her that Prince Torian of the neighbouring land of Thalmas, has asked for her hand in marriage.
At first Emariya refuses, but when she then finds that her father is imprisoned somewhere in the land of Sheas, she travels to Thalmas to meet with Prince Torian, and request that he help her rescue her father in return for her hand in marriage.
There is more at stake that Emariya doesn’t know about though. It seems that the three different lands each had a family who had a special gift – seeing the future, communing with spirits, and being able to harness the earth’s energy. Emariya’s mother had one gift and her father another, making her a second stone, and Price Torian has the third gift. There is a prophecy which says that if all three gifts merge there could be catastophy.
Who is holding Emariya’s father though? Will Torian help her to free him? What of the prophecy surrounding the stones? And can Emariya bring herself to marry someone she doesn’t love for the good of her people?
This was a good YA fantasy novel, and I loved Emariya and her Prince!
Firstly I have to say that I love the name Emariya! So pretty!
Emariya was a sweet girl, and she really felt that she had the power to change things, even if that idea was a little naïve. It was nice how she tried to stand up for what she believed in, and wanted to marry for love. She also wanted to do what was best for the kingdom though, and purposefully tried to find a way to help that didn’t involve her marrying someone she had never even met.
Torian was a great character. Even though Emariya thought that it was his idea to bind the stones, she still found him charming and couldn’t help but like him. I liked him too, and I was really hoping that the two of them would end up together.
My least favourite character was Emariya’s brother Reeve, who seemed quite selfish, and didn’t seem to care who he had to hurt to get what he wanted. He really was a spiteful character, and I really wanted him to get what he deserved.
I liked the storyline in this book, and unlike a lot of fantasy books I didn’t find the plotline difficult to keep up with! I liked the way the three warring areas were described and their reasons for the strife seemed genuine. There wasn’t a lot of romance, but it was obvious the way that Emariya and Torian were drawn to each other.
I liked the ending, although it was left very open for the next book in the series.
Overall; a great first instalment in this YA fantasy series.
7.5 out of 10.