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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Xav Gauchi has had a happy childhood, with loving parents who would give him the world if they could. He is full of dreams and when he gets the chance to make them come true, he takes it with both hands: he leaves his home to embark on a journey around the land of Nalay. He wants to learn more about the kingdom and the people, so that he will make a good advisor to King Aedd once the time comes for him to take over his father’s job.
Cenna Torell is equally full of dreams, but she has been forced into an arranged marriage by her father, despite the fact that she is in love with someone else. For a moment, it seems like things will take a turn for the better; but then tragedy strikes.
When Xav meets Cenna and learns more about her life and her past, he tries to help her; but she refuses to let him. Xav, however, does not give up so easily and when the situation reaches a boiling point, Cenna realises that allowing Xav to help her might be the only chance she has of changing her fate.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“I love you,” he sighed, and she beamed at him and kissed him again.
“I love you, too.”
This was an interesting fantasy story about a girl forced into an arranged marriage, and the two boys who tried to save her.
I felt quite sorry for Cenna, and the situations she found herself in were pretty awful. It really wasn’t easy for her to get out of the pickle she was in, and even when Xav tried to help her, things weren’t easy for her.
Xav was a bit of an idealist, and he had some pretty grand plans, even if their practicality maybe wasn’t as high as he thought.
The storyline in this was about Cenna and her plight, and Xav as he tried to help her. We did get a bit of a love-triangle, but it’s hard to talk about that without dropping spoilers. There wasn’t any cheating though, and the situation really was quite sad at points.
The ending to this was okay, and I was glad that Cenna found herself in a much better situation.
6 out of 10
Other thoughts - I feel like the cover doesn't match the book here, it doesn't make me think that this is a fantasy story at all...