Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – Book Review

Of Fire and Stars

Review: 3/5 stars

Goodreads Description:

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

My Review:

Denna is a princess who is set to marry the prince of Mynaria.  There is one problem.  She has magical abilities and magic is banned in Mynaria.  Mynarian’s see it as abhorrent and a threat.  In fact, a war is brewing between people who believe this and those who want to practice the magic they were born with.  Denna was never taught how to control her abilities because her parents never imagined her abilities would become so powerful.  Now she is by herself in this strange new kingdom, having trouble containing her powers and is at risk at being found out.  Another problem is she is more attracted to the prince’s sister Amaranthine, or Mare, than she is to the prince.  What is an out of control magic wielding princess to do?

I think this is a great concept for a book.  I just don’t think it was embellished enough.  It was a little boring as the story went on.  It was a little repetitive and not enough action.  The parts I like most occurred when Mare goes on outings disguised as a boy so she can gather information about the resistance.  I loved the intrigue and drama of that.  But unfortunately there wasn’t enough of it.  It was somewhat boring as the story went on.  Not enough interest or exciting enough to push me through.  I did put the book down for a while before continuing to the finish line.  I gave this book 3 stars because I liked the writing style and it made me hopeful for more to come but it never came through.

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