“Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal. And he’s not too pleased, either. She is used to a life of discipline, ritual, and splendor. He is used to hunting and carousing. They hate each other on sight. But both of their countries are under threat from a fearsome warlord, and the only chance of peace is to form an alliance.

When Tashi and Ram are kidnapped, they fear there’s no escape–from their kidnappers or from each other. Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive ambush, unarmed combat, brainwashing, and imprisonment? And will the people they meet on their adventure–including a circus strongman, a daring rebel leader, a sinister master of spies, and the best female fighter they have ever seen–help them or betray them to the enemy?”

This book is one of the most unique books we’ve read.It has a perfect blend of culture as well as our usual fantasy and action. But to be quite honest, the book was extremely difficult to find. It wasn’t in any of our local public libraries or even at Barnes and Noble. It wasn’t available as an e-book, so we were just going to give up on it and pick a new book. Yet the ever persistent Annabeth decided that she would order it online, presumably the only way to get it. After reading the book, she forced us into reading it as well. So we both borrowed it from her and loved it.

The book seems almost cheesy from the description above. It definitely is not the best way to make people really want to read the book. It was the reviews that really made us look into choosing this book- 4.8/5! With these high expectations set, it was hard to really start and get into the book. But after only a few chapters, it was hard to put down. The connection between the two main characters, Tashi (Taoshira) and Ram (Ramil), is extremely well-developed. As are the characters themselves. The change is so well written and subtle that it’s just so natural to read. The writing is excellent and the author really sets this piece apart from other books through the cultures she blends and uses. It makes the characters and especially the setting stand out.

The characters in this book are extremely relatable. They make mistakes. They feel regret, loss, love, hate, annoyance, fear, jealousy, all of these emotions that make them seem so real. Not like characters in a made-up book. It’s as if they were living, breathing human beings living just like us. Except that they’re royalty in a land we can only dream of visiting. The characters are constantly changing- their thoughts, their behavior, their beliefs, themselves. What they go through in the book actually makes them reconsider what they’ve ever known and what they truly believe. This cannot be said of in many other books that we’ve read.

The plot of this book also made sure to keep us on our toes. There are so many times while reading this book that what we guessed would happen never did, and what we never expected came to pass. There are so many fights, big and small, that you never know if someone’s not going to come back. There are kidnappings, rescues, allies, enemies, peace, war. So many opposing things all at once that it would appear to be overwhelming. Yet through the author’s words the confusion is almost simple.

Make sure you read this book! It may be extremely hard to find, but if it comes down to it, it’s totally worth buying. The characters, plot, setting, all of it is just so exciting! While this review may not have entirely captured the excellency of the book, don’t underestimate it! This book is written very well and is extremely easy to just be absorbed into. Fantasy lovers or not, this book can entertain people of all ages.