Dennaleia is a princess and her future has always been clear: she is to marry the prince of Mynaria and seal an alliance between the two kingdoms. However, she also has a secret: she has an Affinity for fire magic and magic is forbidden in her new kingdom. She is also smart, well educated, and expects to be proactive in ruling her new kingdom, but all the king and prince seem to expect from her is that she hold teas and gathering and learns to ride a horse. Unfortunately–or fortunately, as it turns out–her teacher is none other than the prince’s sister, Amaranthine, better known as Mare. At first, the two girls seem to have nothing in common, but when they are brought together to uncover a terrible crime, they discover that there’s more to the other than previously thought.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Dennaleia. She was smart and had a level head. I liked that she didn’t expect to be a decorative piece, but wanted to work and be involved in the politics of the kingdom. Mare drove me a little crazy sometimes with the risks she took, but she grew on me. I especially liked how Dennaleia was so obviously attracted to Mare from the very beginning, but Mare’s attraction comes more slowly. This book left me both satisfied with the ending and wanting more of the story. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Four out of five stars.