by First Mate Keira
Author: Anne Osterlund
Page Count: 246 pages
Grade Reading Level: Grades 7-12
Summary: The book begins with a dead body being carted away. Readers soon learn that there’s a plot to kill the crown princess of Tyralt, but the princess herself is unaware. A grown up school friend returns to the palace to help unravel the mystery on behalf of the king. The clues all seem to be leading to the princess’ stepmother, the Queen, or to a King from a neighboring kingdom.
Why I started this book:
I was offered the second book, Exile, in the series and needed to read this book in order to be caught up for the second.
- Who’s behind the assassination plots? The mystery is handled extremely well. I had considered and thrown out the real culprit way early in the story based on red herring information. Well done!
- Aurelia is not a common princess, as she loves her common subjects and prefers to be among them. She sneaks out of the palace and goes around in disguise (but I’m pretty sure the people know her despite the disguise) and mingles with everyone as often as she can. She dreams of being able to travel, but a crown princess can hardly go into the capital city, let alone visit the farthest reaches of her kingdom. She also wishes for more learning opportunity like university.
- Robert is a nice guy and I hope to see his suit with Aurelia blossom.
- The ending is wholly unsatisfying as the person behind the murder attempts is left unpunished. Well… sort of… I hope said person is forced to marry a certain someone. Would serve that person right!
Rating: 4 Treasure Chests
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