Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
I can’t. I just can’t. I went back to see what others had said, and it seems there is a similar consensus. There was NO world building. The story doesn’t grab you. The prologue seemed interesting, and there may be a good story here, however, I did not like this at all. Clearly… Seeing as I couldn’t even get very far into the story.
I got this book from one of those book delivery services, and I’m just so disappointed. All the goodies in the box were amazing and now sit on my shelves. But this book?
What I did read was… to be honest, boring. Even the parts that should have sparked some intrigue made me feel nothing. There was nothing to elicit my emotions, and that’s a big let down. To each his own. I know some people might enjoy what this book has to offer, but nothing about this book made me want to continue. NOTHING. Not the plot. Not the characters. Not even the horses (and I’m a horse fanatic).
Overall, this book was clearly, poorly executed. There is potential on the pages, but nothing that makes you want to turn them. I’m giving this two stars because it’s not the worst thing in the world, but… I just… can’t take anymore.
Rating: 1.5 stars
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.