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In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .
A young queen trying to stay alive until she comes of age to rule, and a prince turned into a pauper.
Queen Aurora of Mercia has spent her entire life deep in Inglewood Forest, hiding from Warwick’s Queen Margery, who seeks her demise. As the time draws near for Aurora to take the throne, she happens upon a handsome woodcutter. Although friendship with outsiders is forbidden and dangerous, she cannot stay away from the charming stranger.
Only two months away from completing his royal testing, Prince Kresten of Scania is ready to be finished with the poverty and hardships of being a woodcutter. When he meets a beautiful peasant woman, he doesn’t plan to fall in love, especially when he must soon leave and return to his homeland.
As Queen Margery’s forces close in, Aurora finds herself in mortal danger. Kresten knows a future with Aurora is impossible, but he is desperate to save her and bring an end to the queen’s threat. To do so, he joins the ultimate battle against the evil queen, risking everything, including his chance at true love.
The real Sleeping Beauty story.
The Fairest Maidens
Book 1: Beholden (Sept 2020)
Book 2: Beguiled (Oct 2020)
Book 3: Besotted (Nov 2020)
The series is over.
And, my heartbreaking worry of what may happen is over.
I’m also sadly leaving the series behind.
This is a for sure favorite fairytale retelling. Jody Hedlund has a way with words that I lose myself in her stories and don’t even know I’ve left my real life for a fantasy land with characters that would be your best friends in real life — like if they weren’t, um, well, character. 😉
These books I have found are best for older teens/young adults just due to kissing. The romance in “Besotted” was so adorable, and just so plain cute, like really, the way the story twisted and turned with surprises along the way and an ending that wasn’t expected, and quite different from other fairytales.
Of the brothers in this series my favorite is Kresten, he was just so… Um, kinda full of himself, and seeing how he changed, learned, and grew in his story was just so wonderful. Aurora, my goodness, my heart broke for her! I was delighted to see how they fell in love and the way the story ended.
Content: Some kissing, an evil queen trying to murder another queen, and normal medieval things like battles, war, wounds, and some killing though not shown violently.
I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.