Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga is a highly anticipated YA Fantasy novel you won’t want to miss!
“In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.
Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.
With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.“
One of my favorite parts about this book was the fact that it had so many elements that I love in fantasy from curses to dragons to magic to all of the world building that came into this story.
And with all of this, there was still romance that fit nicely while not overpowering the storyline. We get to read a story with a stronger female lead battling what appears to be a mysterious, magical element. Emotion plays a large part in the story and brings a more humane element to this otherwise battle-filled book.
I felt like there was enough mystery to the plot to where it left you wanting more (even though this is a standalone). I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star review. I was engaged the entire book, and, as this is the only book written in this world, I felt it wrapped up rather satisfactorily. I also loved how we got to see a later view of how the world turned out after the initial conclusion of the story.
Overall, this was a solid fantasy story full of many elements that I love reading. I am a HUGE sucker for dragons!
Published: 3 July 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: eARC from Publisher
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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