This book was good.
It’s a standalone fantasy novel with interesting story line, nice motives, and good characters.
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.Goodreads synopsis
I liked the vineyards motive throughout the book. The relationship between characters is well developed. In parts the story lacks elaboration, some motives are not clearly set up or better said they are not explored in depth and that is due to the length of the book. If just a few more chapters were added in the beginning of the story to affirm main character motivations and in the end to wrap up the conflicts in more satisfying way it could easily been 4 stars, this way it has to be 3.
Overall, I would recommend this book to someone who Is new in fantasy or doesn’t want to commit to a longer book or series. As the author is ferly new I’m interesting in her development and future work.
Thank you NetGalley and Jillian Boehme for free copy of the book in exchange for honest review.