Disclaimer: I received this eARC from Netgalley courtesy of City Owl Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
Trigger Warning: Abuse
Forced to marry the wealthy Count Casbian by her power-hungry father, Margrete turns to the gods, praying for a life free from the men who wish to rule her. Across the sea, a ruthless immortal answers…
Planning to use Margrete to reclaim a powerful relic stolen from his people, Bash, a devilishly handsome king, kidnaps Margrete on the day of her nuptials. Bringing her to his home, the mystical island of Azantian, it isn’t long before a devastating secret is revealed—one that ties Margrete to the gods themselves.
Drawn to the spirited woman he’s sworn to hate, Bash cannot stay away from Margrete and the passion she ignites within him. When the lines begin to blur, Margrete must make a choice between a fiery love, and saving the realm from the dangerous magic awakening inside of her soul (Netgalley, 2021).
Things I Enjoyed: I am a sucker for a good enemies to lovers romance and this is definitely one. The scenes between Margrete and Bash weren’t extremely explicit, but they were electric and definitely not PG13. The relationship between these two definitely reminded me of Feyre and Rhys from ACOTAR with Bash helping Margrete to discover her power and allowing her to make her own choices.
In my opinion, Katherine Quinn does a great job of painting images with her words as I could almost picture the island of Azantian and the main characters.
In terms of pacing, the story was well down with a good mix of character development and action. I thought that the ending did a good job of setting up for book 2.
Things I Didn’t Enjoy: Although the overall pacing was good, I did feel that some of the reveals in the story were a bit abrupt.
Overall Thoughts: This was a 4 out of 5 star read for me. It is the perfect read for fans of ACOTAR and Caraval. I will definitely be anxiously awaiting book 2 of this series .
Quotes I Enjoyed:
But Margret no longer wished to play the role fate had chosen her She had to make her own magic. Carve her own destiny. She would not be handed over like a prize.
Right now, ” Bash whispered, “in the dark where it’s only us, I want to pretend. There is no tomorrow. I’m not a king and you’re simply a woman who drives me insane
Oh, Margrete. The gods are cruel and seldom kind. And fate? Fate laughs at us all