Author: Day Leitao
Publisher: Sparkly Wave
Publication Date: 6 March 2024
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley
In her dreams, he envelops her in love. In real life, he imprisons her in ice.
Assassin, liar, impersonator—dreamer.
As a royal decoy, trained to replace the Krastel princess even in a political marriage, Astra’s life is not her own. With a duty like that, how can she dream about love?
And yet she knows she has a kindred soul. She can feel his presence every night, holding her in his arms, surrounding her with his warmth.
But ice-cold reality crashes in when Astra’s carriage is attacked by the Crystal Court’s disgraced prince. Banished for heinous crimes and armed with powerful relics, he’s a wielder of mighty magic and can even penetrate minds.
It turns out that he is the man in her dreams.
And this is about to get very, very awkward.
A Cursed Son was one of those mixed-bag reads for me. On the plus side, the plot was interesting and I liked the characters. The story is more character-driven than plot-driven overall; however, we did start to get a few twists and turns towards the end of this first volume in the series. Where things fell down for me was with the writing, as the prose was often repetitive and not very exciting reading. There was a lot of internal, unanswered dialogue, which made things feel a little wishy-washy, as if the author themselves couldn't commit to an answer on plot points or on the character's feelings. Would I read on? I guess the answer is that I would if a copy of the next book was handed to me, but I don't think I'd be rushing out to buy it on release day if that didn't happen. As such, I am giving this book 3.5 stars. It had potential and plenty of good points, but I wish the prose had gone through some more editing and been a bit tighter.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.