I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Author: B. Lynch
Series: Callie’s Saga Book 1
Published: April 23, 2015 by Naeb’s Coil Press
Source: eARC via Netgalley
Caliandra, the teenage princess of Barra, is in dire straits.
Not only did her fiancé break off their engagement and leave her for a richer woman, but Caliandra’s father is gravely ill – and if her brother Valric is unable to find the cure he’s set out for, their titles and wealth will disappear. Their father had been chosen as king by a magic axe, and when he passes on, so does the crown.
Soon, the worst befalls the princess – Valric turns up dead, her father succumbs to disease, and the axe goes missing, leaving the throne open for a coup by the devious Minister of War. Caliandra and her mother decide to risk everything on a desperate bid to find the axe and oust the Minister, driven by a prophecy that the proper King will take his place – Caliandra.
But when she finds out which trusted family friend betrayed her brother, will Caliandra’s thirst for revenge sabotage her only chance at the crown?
When you read the synopsis you expect a young girl fighting for her crown and some high fantasy action going on. Instead you have an irritating teenage girl who doesn’t grow, a not so villainous villain, a seer who spends his time in the dungeon, a mother who has more backbone than anyone in the story and other characters that fall flat.
This story is told by multiple POVs and so Callie isn’t really the main character. She is judgmental, irritating, rash, makes horrible decisions and doesn’t understand the consequences and never grows. I couldn’t relate to her and her many problems. The mom was probably the best character throughout the whole story. She was strong, knew what needed to be done and get it done, and smart. I kinda wish she was the main character instead.
There is a lot of political intrigue which was written really well and flowed but with the flat characters it couldn’t shine as well as it should have.