I received this book from the goodreads giveaway program and I am so glad I did! I'm not even sure where to begin with this book. It was fabulous, simply amazing!
When I first read the back of the book I was a little worried, there were Kings, romance, politics, dragons, and epic quest, etc. I was expecting the book to be all over the place and touch on every topic under the sun in a quick unsatisfying rush.
I was so wrong.
All of these topics weave seamlessly together to create a wonderful world, vivid and complete. The romance would not have been the same without court and court would not have been the same without the underlying politics. Nothing was superfluous.
The characters were treated in much the same way. With all the comings and goings in a royal court not all of the characters were explained in painful details, many were just enough to jump start your imagination and leave it up to the reader. The main character's personalities were detailed, descriptive and painted a wonderful image of who they were and their motivations. As the book progressed I often found myself cheering them on, blushing when they said/did something stupid and wishing I could do more to help them through their trials.
This story was truly wonderful and it was a pleasure to read and honor to review. Now excuse me while I go read it again.