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The heroine appears to have very few thoughts or feelings. She just does whatever she's told. A true Mary Sue archetype, bland and predictable. Try Tamora Pierce's Lioness series instead if you want an interesting female masquerading as male story.
I think I stumbled on a teenies novel by mistake. The plot is simple and fairly predictable, the language is incongruously middle modern American and the characters are thinly two dimensional. I won’t bother reading any more from this author.
Ok, I am new to this author but have read other authors of similar genre such as Tamora Pierce, and enjoyed the books immensely with the feasible plot line, fully fleshed out characters, and satisfying progression of the story. This book had none of this. The main character is extremely simplistic. The plot is not feasible - a young woman posing as a man suddenly considered to be expert in stealth and spying, accepted into a secret society of "Knights" without any question but only on the basis that she is skillful at fighting, and sent on a secret mission to save her kingdom where events never go wrong and her mission is completed despite being discovered. I would not recommend this book.
I really loved the premise of the book but the ending or not an ending left me unsatisfied. The book was at times slow and while a lot of things were happening in the book, nothing really happened, and nothing was revealed. There was a slight romance that went nowhere. I'm not sure if I'll be paying another 5 dollars for book two. Book one didn't leave me wondering what's next, or wanting more just left me confused and thinking that's it.
I really like this book! I just wish it was a bit longer. I know, I know, we can’t all have 350 pages books but I GOBBLED this up so fast! I didn’t realize I was at the end of the book until I turned the last page 😭 I would say it ends in a cliffhanger but also an appropriate stopping point to being Book 2. With that being said, even though I now have to wait (I don’t know why I start a series when there aren’t 2 books already out.... self torture I guess) it appears books 2 and 3 and scheduled for release dates already. Yay for that! I am soooo excited to see what happens with The Duke of Ellington’s other daughter and if she will make more an an appearance, ALL the princes and of course our main lead Reid. I really hope she ramps up some butt kicking. O scent an enemies to lovers theme maybe approaching (which is the secret to my whole heart) BUT I can’t tell and that makes this book similar to Sara J Maas and her whole “I will give you 27 guys and you won’t know who I pick for the HEA until I pick him!” It’s dramatic and secretive and leaves possible little subplots all over the place. That’s was makes this one of my favorite reads this month! You have got to read it!
I’m excited to see where book two takes the reader (and Reid) as there are some very promising developments in book one. This first book finishes with several teasing loose ends, but the main objective is somewhat accomplished. There are duels, a few vague fight scenes, derring-do stealth missions, romantic developments, great friendships as well as conflicts, political intrigue layers, and gender role challenges.
Reid develops insight regarding traditions and culture differences beyond her homeland, and this opens her mind to further possibilities for her future. She is a positive role model and a very likable, clever, and spunky character who wants to do the right thing. Secondary characters shift in importance as Reid’s worldview changes, so the reader is left wondering who will be Reid’s romantic interest by the end of the series. I am eagerly looking forward to the release of the second book and recommend these books to YA and older readers.
This book had me hooked from the first chapter! The characters are interesting and well developed. The story is exciting and not predictable. I highly recommend this book to anyone! It’s a clean well written adventure. I can’t wait for book two!