~The Prince of No Value~
Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.
~The Noblewoman of No Importance~
Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.
Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.
Things I loved about the author’s writing:
- Character development and the love between the two main characters. It was so refreshing to read a novel that started and ended with love in mind.
- the romance part of this novel is very well written and enthralling. I full heartedly love a good love scene. I also appreciated the use of, “less is more” when continuing their bedroom escapade until dusk!
- The flashbacks were artistically placed! At times, it felt like reading a script from a movie. Even though the reader can recall the action that took place, the well timed flashbacks improved the storyline beautifully.
- I enjoyed the language of this novel. It made me feel like the author respected the reader, in a way. They didn’t use lumpy, childlike descriptions and recognized the quality of writing someone might be looking for. I’ve struggled, in the past, finding an author with “smart” language, good storyline, AND good flow/pace to the story. This book has it!
- The pace was nice, but I had wished we got more out of the ending of this book. Another 100 pages could have elevated the story even more in my opinion.
Great read and the right mix of fantasy and romance.
And then go read a few more of this author's works.
I have too many books to keep track of them all, and had no idea that some of them were Ms. Draven’s work until something about the style here felt familiar. Turns out I’ve purchased a half dozen e-books over the years and looking at them now as a collection for the first time, I enjoyed them all. I’ll go and re-read them as soon as I’ve finished reading the four other books of hers that I purchased as soon as I finished Radiance.
She’s an author worth collecting if you’re a fan of fantasy worlds with interesting potential and an intimate focus on relationships. The style is almost gothic, with its appeal to drama and emotion, but not overdone. Reading this was a fulfilling adventure.
It doesn’t delve too deeply into othering, but it touches on the concept with humor and hope. Some books put you into a different headspace and timing than you might have otherwise been, and this is one of those books for me. And Grace Draven might be a many-times published author, but she’s got a talent ninety percent of authors don’t, even the published ones. She is a magnificent storyteller.
Freakin. Loved. It.
Wow so good! I love stories where the love interests actually like each other the whole way through a novel. So cute and the banter between them is great. The author did a phenomenal job with their stories. I need more love stories like this, please!