If you have not started reading the new series from Jody Hedlund then you need to change that immediately! This series is so good. I know I’ve said that about a million times since I read the prequel, but that’s just how I feel about it. Oh my goodness – I cannot wait to meet the third sister and see how she’s been living her life!!
A second princess. Another key to the treasure. And a cruel king desperate to squelch the growing rebellion.
Raised in an isolated abbey, Lady Maribel desires nothing more than to become a nun and continue practicing her healing arts. She’s carefree and happy with her life…until a visitor comes to the abbey and reveals her true identity as one of the lost princesses.
When he was a young boy, Edmund Chambers helplessly watched King Ethelwulf murder his family. Edmund escaped and has lived in the abbey ever since, uniquely trained to work with wild animals. Secretly, he loves Maribel and desperately hopes she doesn’t complete her holy order vows.
When King Ethelwulf’s army arrives at the abbey to capture Maribel, she flees with Edmund across the desolate Highlands in an attempt to reach Adelaide’s rebel army. Edmund can no longer hide his love, but can Maribel give up her dreams of becoming a nun to love him in return?
This series! I mean, it’s my favorite of Jody’s by far. There so much excitement, action, and not knowing what is coming next for these characters. And the fact that Maribel is on her way to becoming a nun, and (not at all) having feelings for our dashing hero? Yeah that makes for an interesting story line to be sure!
For those readers who have had a best friend that they suddenly see in a new light, you will totally relate to Maribel and Edmund’s story. And even those who haven’t (such as myself), you will enjoy the story too. Hedlund has been so creative in writing this series. And what’s fantastic is that we see the Queen in this story, so little by little the series is coming together and readers get a glimpse of what’s in store (hopefully) in book three. I will say it is extremely important to read this series in order, starting with the prequel. You will miss so much if you don’t, and I imagine a lot of this story will be confusing.
As with the other installments, I read this all at once. I just can’t seem to put it down. I’ve already told myself when book three is out I am going to have to just block out a certain amount of time so that I can read it. I might even try to read the first 2.5 books again before it comes. There’s no harm in reliving all the excitement!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Jody Hedlund is the author of over twenty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.
Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).
When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.