Hadde is our heroine; a bold and nearly fearless young girl who provides for her village as a huntress. Hadde is kind and beautiful, yet deadly with a bow.
Morin, the Prince of Salador, is our cliched tall, dark, and mysterious leading man. Because the prince is one of the only people in Salador who is kind to Hadde, she quickly falls for his charm and charisma.
King Boradin is at his core a good man who wants healing for his kingdom, but may not be taking the moral path to find it. Compassionate yet cruel, Boradin is a complex man.
When I began this book I must say I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy it. Though the story does open with a exciting fight scene, I was still a bit skeptical if the storyline itself. I've read many thrown-together indie fantasies in which nothing really connects and the author tends to throw in irrelevant things. Fortunately, this was not the case at all with this enthralling novel! Small happenings in the story that we as readers might think inconsequential come back to surprise us at unexpected times. Each part of the story connects and intertwines with the rest of the story so incredibly well that I was blown away at the cleverness of it. This storyline could have easily been confusing and annoying if done by a less skilled writer, yet Heppe pleased me immensely in keeping me surprised at every twist and turn. This is not your typical indie fantasy novel.
Heppe's writing is nearly perfect. There were two instances in the book in which the main character clenched her "jaws" instead of her "jaw" but otherwise I found very few typos, and no major hiccups in sentence or paragraph structure throughout the novel.
Out of all the indie novels I have read, this is the one that most closely reminds me of a well-written published book. To understate it, I was pleasantly surprised by a story that I wasn't expecting to enjoy. I highly recommend fantasy lovers read this story, it's well worth it!
4.5 out of 5 stars
Review by: Kayelee of Sift Book Reviews
Sift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author. This has, in no way, affected the reviewer's opinion.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)