Aurora Rose slumbers in the city of Oldpass, a cursed kingdom once allied with Grimvein. The victim of a malicious spell, she is powerless to control her own fate. At least, that’s how the story goes.
Now, as Grimvein faces attack, Prince Amir has been tasked with the life-threatening rescue of Aurora, his parents hopeful he will marry the princess and secure safety for their kingdom. Talia, the strongest spellcaster in the known lands, protects and guides the prince in his quest to save a woman that threatens to change their lives forever.
In finding Aurora, the pair will realise the truth about themselves and each other, coming to understand just what – and who – they really want in life.
This is a really short story, and I really wish it was a full length novel in order to give the characters an appropriate amount of time to really develop. As it is, there just isn’t enough time to get fully fleshed and rounded characters and storylines in 70 pages. Rebecca Langham sure does give good bang for her buck, though. I actually didn’t see the plot twist coming until it was almost upon me, and then it hit me what was about to happen and I squealed “OHMIGOD!” really loudly while reading, startling my husband and children, who stared at me like I was some sort of bizarre cursed dragon-thing. Sheesh, you’d think they’d never seen me get all giddy over a romance plotline before.
The pacing is rather abrupt and the reader is dropped right into the action, but I feel like that’s to be expected for a story that’s so short and so action-packed. I feel like there was really enough here that it could have easily been a full length fantasy novel – and boy, if Langham ever decided to fully flesh it out into a full length novel, sign me up for the first run, because I am THERE. This is a great book, and I highly recommend for wonderful twist – not your traditional Sleeping Beauty story.
An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.