Book Review of Beholden by Jody Hedlund!

Beholden (The Fairest Maidens, #1)


In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A beautiful noblewoman with a terrible secret, and a prince subjected to slavery.

Upon the death of her wealthy father, Lady Gabriella is condemned to work in Warwick’s gem mine. As she struggles to survive the dangerous conditions, her kindness and beauty shine as brightly as the jewels the slaves excavate. While laboring, Gabriella plots how to avenge her father’s death and stop Queen Margery’s cruelty.

Prince Vilmar of Scania enslaves himself in Warwick’s gem mine as part of a royal test to prove himself the most worthy of three brothers to become the king’s successor. Amidst the hardships, he doesn’t anticipate his growing compassion for the other slaves, especially tenderhearted Gabriella.

As the annual summer ball looms nearer, Gabriella sets into motion her plan to end Queen Margery’s evil. When Vilmar learns of Gabriella’s intentions, he resolves to come to her aid and fight against Warwick’s queen. But doing so may require him to give up his chance of becoming Scania’s next king, perhaps even cost him his life.

The real Cinderella story.

The Fairest Maidens
Book 1: Beholden (Sept 2020)
Book 2: Beguiled (Oct 2020)
Book 3: Besotted (Nov 2020)

Amazon /// Goodreads

My Thoughts

3.5 stars.

So, I liked this one, it wasn’t too physically involved, and I happened to like it a lot.

What made me cringe at a few points was when the battle/fight parts became very well described. Like mentioning how a dude got stabbed in the neck. I just didn’t need that picture in my head. There were things that I can’t bring up due to being spoilers however I will say this book should be 16+ depending on readers maybe older.

There are also some beliefs that make it obvious that this is a fairytale so, ya know, don’t believe it all.

I liked reading this fairy tale retelling, it was an interesting book that makes me look forward to the next in the series.

I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher/review company. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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