“ ‘Have you ever dreamed of one thing for so long, wanted nothing more than to have that dream fulfilled, only to find out that maybe it wasn’t what you actually wanted all along?’
He juggled four stones lightly. ‘I believe that’s called growing up.’ ”
Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon be married. She dreams of a handsome and charming prince, but when the first suitor arrives, she finds him stodgy and boring. Prince Aethelbald from the mysterious land of Farthestshore has traveled far to prove his love–and to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be approaching Parumvir.
Una, smitten instead with a more dashing prince, refuses Aethelbald’s offer–and ignores his warnings. Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir, and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in grave danger. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.–summary found on Goodreads
It’s been a long time since I’ve read such a beautiful book. The gorgeously painted descriptions, the magical, fantastic world-building, the ethereal beauty, and heavenly theme… it was wonderful.
The only caution I would leave with readers is that those who are sensitive (and/or younger readers) might want to wait to read this one, as the antagonists are very dark and evil, and very much nightmare-material. Overall Rating: Five Glowing Stars
Violence/Graphic: 4/10 (mostly because of the darkness of the Dragon and his kin)
Sexual Content: 1/10 (one kiss-romance in this book was very pure and represented very well)
Language: 1/10 (characters say “Dragon’s teeth!” as a strong phrase and other similar phrases)Verdict: I LOVE this book! I would recommend it for 11-12 on up- unless you’re a sensitive reader. Then I would recommend 14 on up.