Saturday, 27 February 2021

Book Review: The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme (YA Fantasy)

Title: The Stolen Kingdom
Author: Jillian Boehme
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: 2 March 2021
Pages:
356
Format:
eBook - EPUB
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of Perin Faye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner's daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne. Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.

When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.

 

The Stolen Kingdom was an enjoyable YA fantasy read. I enjoyed the premise and for the most part the world building was nicely handled. Some aspects of the world were mentioned but never expanded on, which was a shame, but none of them majorly impacted the story. Mara is a relatable heroine and I enjoyed her interactions with Alac. The dual POV between them worked well in allowing us to see the different sides of the story. Perhaps the ending felt a little sudden, but that's a minor gripe. Otherwise this was a book I had great fun reading and I would certainly pick up future works by this author.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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