Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book Review: Kingdom From Ashes by Megan Linski

Kingdom From Ashes


Megan Linski



 Princess Bennua is to be married. The daughter of a sultan, her duty is to marry a powerful yet cruel warlord to be her husband, sealing an alliance that will scare the desert of Sahrahn into submission. But the wedding is halted in place when the infamous Raider Prince, king of thieves and leader of the dark city Ashana, threatens to take her city by force.

Sacrificing her freedom for her country, Bennua agrees to accompany the Raider Prince on his travels if he leaves her homeland alone. Stolen from her charmed life Bennua begins to learn the truth of what lies beyond the palace walls and the suffering that plagues Sahrahn’s people. Bennua begins to plan her escape, but the more she learns from the thieves the more she finds herself becoming one of the them...all while falling hard for their leader, the Raider Prince himself.



An ARC was provided to me by Gryfyn Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I expect a lot from a book with a beautiful, intriguing cover. This one promises adventure in an exotic land, hidden magic, daring escapes, blossoming romance, and a dark force threatening on the the horizon. Kingdom From Ashes does not disappoint. 

Right from the first page I was enchanted with Bennua and her desert palace. A kindhearted princess, she has the makings for a just ruler in a land where women are considered second class citizens. She is not hardened by grit like most heroines trending today, but instead finds her strength along the way. She is a perfect roll model for young girls who want to impact the world, but have been held back by elements of society or just don't know where to start.     

Linski's polished writing is superb and leaves the reader feeling a sense of kinship with Bennua. The side characters are well defined and all have amazing stories of their own. The book has depth, yet manages to entertain like a fun, light read. There really isn't anything more you could ask from this action packed Arabian tale. 

The perfect amount of romance is formulated in the pages to keep anticipation and intrigue alive, without overshadowing the overall moral of the story. If I were to nit-pick, I would say that Bennua and her prince fall victim to the fault of nearly every love story: forbidden attraction. I found myself pulling Bennua aside and shaking her, "Just get over yourself already and admit that you can and you do love him! He's perfect for you!"

In truth, I can't deny that I loved every second of this book. I was sad every time I had to put it down. The rich blend of culture from Arabia, India, and a dash of Christianity, pulls you through it's pages and into another world that you won't want to leave. Be sure to pick up Kingdom From Ashes when it becomes available on May 2nd, and keep an eye out for Megan Linski's next book These Starcrossed Lives of Ours due out this summer.    

 5 Stars



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