The Eldritch Heart
Matthew S. Cox
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Princess Oona Talomir enjoys the little things that come with her station: a handmaiden, her lavish bedchamber, and scores of fancy dresses―the duty to win a decades’ long war, not so much.
Oh, did I mention assassins?
Seers foretold the conflict would end by her hand. From the moment she drew her first breath, the neighboring kingdom has been trying to kill her so she could not grow powerful enough to destroy them. The king, fearing for his daughter’s life, has kept her confined to the castle grounds for most of her sixteen years. With the tide of war turning against them, the burden of her crown becomes too much to bear, yet one thing lifts her spirits amid the gloom.
Her servant girl, Kitlyn.
Alas, in a kingdom obsessed with the god of purity, she is terrified to confess her forbidden love. When her father makes a demand she cannot abide―marry a prince to forge a military alliance―Oona panics. He is handsome and honorable, but he’s not Kitlyn. Unable to admit why she cannot obey, Oona does the only thing she can think of, and runs away.
Alone and unprepared in the wilderness, she prays the gods will let Kitlyn find her—before the assassins do.
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
Hobbies and Interests:
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.
He is also fond of cats.
I was surprised with this book. It’s probably because I skimmed through the synopsis the first time, but this book has a lot of mixed elements that come out to a great YA story.
If you haven’t taken a peek at the synopsis, this book is a fantasy with LGBT undertones. I was surprised to see this mix, but the author brought it out beautifully. The characters kept my interest during the entire book. It was fun to explore the more high-end of the kingdom life while also seeing the darker assassins that peek into the story (which of course were some of my favorite parts).
I will say that it did take me awhile to really dive into this book. It wasn’t until about halfway through that the story began to really unfold. That’s why I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars instead of 5. This book was thrilling to read, but the beginning just lacked that oomph to really get me hooked.
Overall, this was a great YA fantasy, and if you love reading stories with a main character who has a forbidden, secret LGBT romance going on, this is the book for you!
**Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.**
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