Author: Anne Osterlund
Basic Rating: 3/5
At first when i was reading this book i was not completely taken with it, it did not pull me in, in the first chapter. But quite soon after that i began really liking it and i would really appreciate the story from the beginning if i started it over again. The whole setting is wonderful; the place of the fictional kingdom, the town, the castle, and all the other little places. I was just a little sad that we didn't see more of the kingdom in the book, but not really being there does not take away anything of the story. The characters are nice and deep. I say deep because you get to know sort of who they are by their descriptions even though they are not fully always in the story and sometimes they can surprise you. I was completely glad that this book was not based 100 percent on the love factor, like the back says and i really appreciate that. The character Aurelia is a strong one and she is depicted nicely, she is feminine and out going, which is nice. Robert is a nice character also, he is not always lovey dovey, and is not always the best at everything which makes him more personal. The mystery is very thought out. In the story we are actually searching for the answer and get to feel dumb sometimes. It is not the most elaborate, but it is good and i really liked this book. It inspired me to understand that not all characters have to be nice and perfect.
Plot: Aurelia is young, accomplished, and the heir to the royal throne. She also wants to make her own decisions sometimes, like going out and discovering her own kingdom with out a hundred guards on her tale, or not having to be so formal all of the time. Robert an old friend is visiting the castle and is more or likely out of the loop. For some time now, someone has been trying to kill the royal Princess. . . . And the king is worried. Robert now has the chance to secretly investigate the problem and find out who and why some one would want her dead. But it is a harder job than he thought. And the princess is even harder to keep account of. With the threats growing everything is now on the line and every one is a suspect.