Thank you so much to Tor Teen and Netgalley for letting me read an e-ARC of The Stolen Kingdom! I’m obsessed with the cover (isn’t it gorgeous???) and the description of the book itself makes it sound exactly like something I would love, so I was really excited about reading it!
The Stolen Kingdom 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of Perin Faye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner’s daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne. Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.
When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.
Overall, I thought this was a pretty solid book. I liked Maralyth and Alac and the story woven between them. I liked the magic and the hidden heir and the stolen throne storylines. I feel like there were parts where they talked about how the kingdom used to be prosperous but wasn’t anymore and I feel like we never knew that it wasn’t prosperous and we were just supposed to go along with that assumption because we were told it then- it would have been more powerful (to me anyway) if we had been shown it in some other way earlier in the book. Also, we were told many times about how the king’s stolen magic was “bad” and whenever Alac “used” it, it made bad things happen, but it was always unintentional/the magic had a mind of its own- could the king control it? Maralyth has immense control over her power, which I thought was a little weird since she was never technically taught about it or really allowed to use it, so she was able to gain such great control in her stolen moments of use? I also was a little confused about whether or not her father was her actual father and was her brother actually her brother? And if her mom also was her brother’s mom, why didn’t he have any of the secret hidden magic? Besides all of my questions though, I really liked the book and I liked how the author did the ending and everything leading up to it! Overall, I think this was a solid fantasy novel and I highly recommend it, so make sure you grab it when it comes out on March 2nd!