Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Rachel Marks and Kelly Walker.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In Cornerstone, Valencia Roth died to protect her daughter. In Jaded Stone, she'll live for her.
Twenty years before the events of Cornerstone, Valencia Roth is the Crown Princess of Sheas, as lonely as she is privileged. She wants for nothing, except a clear path toward peace for her land. She’s always known personal happiness might not be in The Three’s plan for her. As the future ruler of Sheas, and a Cornerstone, her life belongs to her people.
But when Valencia meets the charming Reid Hendel, she dares to believe love could be within her reach. That is, if they can both survive long enough for it to blossom. A new threat prowls the land, and she’s their primary target. Armed with stubborn pride and all the resources of Sheas, she fears nothing—until her brother leads her intended directly into the fray and at least one of them doesn’t return.
Burdened with grief, Valencia must carve her own path forward. From the forge of chaos, a new era will be born.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Rachel Marks and Kelly Walker.)
This is book 4 in the ‘Souls of the Stones’ series, but is actually a prequel to the series.
Valencia is the Crown Princess of Sheas, and takes her position extremely seriously.
Can Valencia ever find love? What is best for her people? And should she bind the lines?
This was an okay story, but I didn’t like it as much as the other books in the series.
I found Valencia quite hard to warm to. She was very sure of herself, and her belief in her king and country, and seemed quick to dismiss things that didn’t go as she expected or wanted them to go. I found her a much harsher character than her daughter Emariya, and it took a long time for me to really feel any empathy for her.
The storyline was okay, but I did get a little bored with the politics going on. Valencia seemed more interested in what was good for her kingdom rather than what she wanted or felt, and unfortunately I have never been a fan of books that are heavy on politics and war. I did find it difficult to keep track of what was going on in the story, and just couldn’t really get into it properly.
There was a little bit of romance, but it was very brief, and wasn’t really all that compelling.
The ending was not a happy one, as anyone who has even so much as read the blurb for this book will know, we were left with hope though, and funnily enough this book made me want to re-read this series so that I could reconnect with Emariya.
Overall; an okay story, but I didn’t like it as much as the rest of the series. If you haven’t read this series, I urge you to try Cornerstone!
6.5 out of 10.