on February 1, 2012
Source: Author Review Copy
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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The feisty and determined Princess Alannah is many things, but she never thought she would be the key to her people’s destruction.
Kidnapped for a power she does not yet possess, Alannah finds herself in the clutches of the most malevolent sorcerer of her time. Maligo. Alannah escapes her prison with help from the handsome and stalwart warrior fae, Brennus.
Now she must cross mountains and forests fraught with rogue faeries, vicious trolls, dangerous shape-shifters, and more to reach the only ones that can help her control her incoming powers. The Elders.
With Brennus by her side, Alannah is determined to reach the Elder Fae and save her people. Maligo is just as determined she never makes it that far.
Mark of the Princess is a whimsical fairy tale that reaches out and sucks you in to the enchanting world full of princes, faerie princesses, magic, trolls and other creatures.
The story follows Princess Alannah, a feisty faerie destined to wield mysterious powers but has not learnt how to harness them yet. She’s accompanied by her supportive, demure sister Eveyette, but soon the two bump into two Princes who will change the courses of their lives forever, Tristan and Kaleb. Alannah is a target of the forces of evil, and she is soon captured and the rest of the party embark on a journey to rescue her.
Little do they know, that Alannah escapes prison with the help of Brennus, an arrogant, egotistical warrior faerie. With the vivid imagery painted by B.C. Morin, we’re taken away to a far away land.
Despite a slow start, I was pleasantly surprised when I couldn’t put the book down through the bulk of the story. The perspectives interweave between most of the main characters, we’re shown an intricate picture of each of the characters and their motives, including Maligo, the evil sorcerer. The plot moves quickly, taking us through different forests, each with a different foe, including shape shifters, trolls and rogue faeries.
While the strength of the book is definitely the elegant yet intricate way the plot has been laid out in front of us, and the rich descriptions of the fantasy world, there were a few things that kept it from being a full 5 stars for me. Some sentences didn’t flow very well and took a bit longer to read than necessary, and this was somewhat distracting. The ending was also unsatisfying and lack lustre, following the magic of the journey within its middle pages.
All in all, I really enjoyed Mark of the Princess and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good fairy tale. I look forward to reading the sequel.
I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much, I really enjoyed your book.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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