Mark of the Princess by B.C. Morin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I just finished reading Mark of the Princess from Kingdom Chronicles. I remember when the author B.C. Morin first started posting teasers about her novel series. She has created a very colorful world of faeries and mythical beings. In her fae world, the faeries carry marks on their skin, like a tattoo, that emerges as they develop their particular talent or power. The first novel revolves around Princess Alannah, whose mark is steeped in mystery. She is frustrated that she is maturing and doesn't know what her power is supposed to be. She has light hearted adventures with her companions Evyette, Tristan and Kaleb.
But life becomes dangerous and complicated by the dark forces of Miligo and Samil. Alannah needs protection which is unexpectedly provided by a brooding warrior named Brennus. He's darkly handsome and just aloof enough so that you want him to be the guy that gets the girl! Life gets emotionally complicated, as Alannah finds her passions drawing her to Brennus. In the end, their choices are stripped from them and the path to happy-ever-after for Alannah and Brennus appears to be a dead end. B.C. Morin left me wanting to know what happens next. On to book two!
Kingdom Chronicles reminded me of Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I think the characters in the book are sweet enough for young teens and YA with plenty of adventure. Lots of talk about clothing and the excitement of young love will appeal to this crowd. Some formatting issues detracted from the story, but I already peeked at book two on Amazon and it appears the second book addressed those kinds of issues. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I need to know what happens to Brennus and Alannah! Well done first novel.
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