the raven and the dove

A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.


I recieved a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book really excited me. It’s the kind of book that I love and go into bookstores looking for. I was not disappointed. I like the writing style it flowed really well. I sometimes struggle when the POV changes because if there’s a character I dislike I stop the book (i.e why I never finished Game of Thrones). But I loved all the characters, they all brought something new and fresh to the setting.

Rafe was probably my favourite, he knew where is loyalties lay and tried his best to stick to them, but I loved the way he fought against his feelings. It was a good way to get to know the relationships. I loved the setting, it sounded so beautiful. I really would love to visit the world. It all made sense, unlike some fictional worlds I can see how the political side came into play.

I did find the ending a little bit rushed and have no idea how it’s going to be continued in the next book, as a few things just came out of no-where with no warning, but they should give some exciting surprises in the next book.

4 out of 5 stars