Author: Mary E. Pearson.
Published: July 8th by Henry Holt.
Sort: The remnant chronicles #1, fantasy.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
The story starts with Lia running away after getting ready to marry to a stranger. Her father married her off to a neighbor kingdom for an alliance, but Lia isn’t planning on being used. She wants her own life and her own happiness; she wants to pick her own husband. Together with her maid Paulina, Lia manage to escape to a small village where she works in the inn from Paulina’s aunt. One day, two attractive and mysterious guys appear in the village. One is dark-haired and gloomy, the other fair-haired and flirty. One of the is the prince. One of them is an assassin from Venda.
Lia starts a short romance with one of them, but the other also has his eyes on her. You don’t know their identity and that was a fun twist to the story. The only downside is that I already guessed who they were. I wouldn’t say there is insta-love, but there is definitely insta-attraction and the dreaded line:
“Because ever since that first day I met you, I’ve gone to sleep every single night thinking about you, and every morning when I wake, my first thoughts are of you. When I’m not with you, I wonder where you are. I wonder what you’re doing. I think about how much I want to touch you, loads of other crap.”
I’m not blown away by the romance itself. I don’t feel a lot of connection between Lia and the guy. There could have been more development and chemistry if you ask me, but I was already happy that she didn’t want to get his babies after their first meeting. Lia was a pretty good character. I like that she stands up for her rights and how clever she is. They can’t find her after her escape, because she threw everyone off with her tricks. She’s also not afraid to speak her mind and she is not arrogant or lazy. Her unique friendship with Paulina was nice.
Another thing that let me down was the world-building. I still have no clue what being a ‘First daughter’ exactly means. I know you are supposed to have the gift of sight, but where does it come from, why that name, etc? Overall, an okay book that makes me want to read the sequel after the open-ending.