Title: Flames Of Auriel
Author: Erin R Bedford
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2016
I received a ecopy from the author for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.
When living in a world where the prince isn’t always charming, the princess has a mean right hook, and angels are worshiped like gods, love isn’t always easy to find.
Zoe has never been the lady-like princess she’s read about in fairy-tales, even with her very own handsome prince to sweep her off her feet. She doesn’t know what she dislikes more, his arrogant smirk or the way his grey eyes darken when they fight. Angels help him if he thinks he could tame her.
Asher won’t admit it, but he admires the fighting style of his warrior princess. She reminds him of an avenging angel the way her fiery hair whips around her as she takes out her challengers. Dark One help him, but she is as tough an opponent on the battlefield as she is off.
With unknown and unwanted feelings starting to emerge between the two royals, a single goodbye turns into a frantic search for a missing princess. Asher has to find the one woman he never thought he’d miss and keep his kingdom safe from an old enemy. If he fails, the angels may not forgive him this time.
A light fantasy with emphasis on the brewing romance between the main character Princess Zoe and her betrothed Prince Asher, Flames Of Auriel was a good start to a series and a good debut.
Some of the elements that I love in fantasy are present in FOA and the author has a really cool concept for this world. Each kingdom has an angel responsible for that kingdom, kind of like a patron saint and Auriel is the angel for Zoe’s Kingdom. Her people once were Fire Starters but have since had that taken away by Auriel.
I liked the characters too for the most part even though they were the typical feisty girl, arrogant prince kind of characters. Zoe’s saving grace is that she is also a trained fighter and no wimp. I liked that the romance between the two had to be worked on and didn’t happen instantly. I also liked the political intrigue with betrayal of the highest order which will force our heroine into hiding until she is strong enough and equipped to reclaim what is rightfully hers. That was for me the most interesting part of the book and I wish it hadn’t been so rushed because I do love a good payback or justice being served scenario and I like it painful and drawn out. Seriously!
The author’s writing style is to be complemented. It flows really well and lends itself to easy reading so that you find yourself being caught up and reading it all in one sitting.
I would have liked to have learnt more about the other kingdoms; do they have abilities too and if so what are they and a bit more details on Auriel and the Fire Starters.
There is not much more I can say without being spoilery, but if you like your fantasy light with emphasis on a slow-burning romance, then you will totally enjoy this. All in all, a promising debut and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel since I’m hoping the author will tell us a bit more about this world.
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