“A bold girl, a kingdom under attack, magic everywhere—I devoured it in one sitting! This book is one wild ride!” —Tamora Pierce on Stormrise
Nothing is quite as it seems in this thrilling YA fantasy adventure by Jillian Boehme, The Stolen Kingdom!
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.
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The titular issue of stolen power receives only surface treatment in this epic fantasy by Boehme (Stormrise), which unfolds by the numbers in alternating first-person perspectives. In Perin Faye, magic is the king's prerogative, his throne wedded to a dark magic stolen a century ago, which plagued the land with the Black Death. Maralyth Graylaern, 17, who has a "fair face and auburn hair," keeps her affinity for plants secret outside her father's winery, which suffers from predatory taxes despite his vineyards' fame. But when a conspiring nobleman abducts and blackmails Mara into a plot to assassinate the erratic king—and rule as the legitimate heir to Perin Faye—she is thrown into the midst of a sumptuous court wedding and the arms of kindly, light-haired 19-year-old Prince Alac. As their instant attraction grows, they must do the impossible: escape Alac's legacy of dark magic, restore the throne, and save the kingdom. Contradictory political values, racial stereotyping, and inconsistent themes destabilize this political fantasy, and cursory, unconsidered treatment of violence, romance, and restitution will frustrate those familiar with the genre. Still, a shocking twist spurs readers onward, and smooth prose and innovative magic make for a fast-paced read. Ages 13–up.