the kingdom

Welcome to the Kingdom… where ‘Happily Ever After’ isn’t just a promise, but a rule.

Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom™ is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species―formerly extinct―roam free.

Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.

But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty―and what it truly means to be human.


This book was slow burner for me, but in a good way. It was detailed without being over whelming. I loved the setting, I imagined it as Disney Land mixed with a large zoo of every kind of animal imaginable. The switching of timeline was well done and kept me guessing. I did work out the end (well most of it) but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment.

Ana was a great main character, she thought through everything and discovered the truth slowly. This was a unique book where you cannot acuse a charcter of being niave since she was a hybrid and part machine, so her programming did not allow certain things which allows for her niavity.

I liked Owen, he seemed to geniuninly like Ana and want to do what was right even though it wasn’t his job. I would have liked to see a little more of his interaction with people other than Ana to get who he really was as a person but it wasn’t needed for the story.

I liked the trial, was a great simple way to get information across. Ana does not lie but her way of bending the truth was genius.

The ending was a little lacklustre for me, it just seemed too easy and very well planned out like the rest of the book. This is the only down side in a very good book for me.

Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and was always looking forward to picking it up.

4 out of 5 stars