His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?
An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else . . . his brother.
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.
As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. In Darmik’s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king’s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she’s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom… if she can manage to stay alive long enough.
I've had the kindle version for about a year, and I enjoyed doing the read-a-long with the other Clean Teen Publishing book, The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor, so I was looking forward to doing it again with this book. Also, I know Sara gave it 4 platypires and had told me I should really read it.
I was NOT prepared for what was in this story. HOLY CRAP! Just know, the king and prince Lennek are some of the most disgusting people I've ever read about. I don't want to say anything, because spoilers, but... oh my freaking gawd! I could go on for a long time describing how much I hate the both of them. And then I wanted to shake Darmick because of other things I can't say!
I do not recommend the audible version. The narrator voiced the characters poorly and was not consistent with how she handled certain situations. If I had not promised to review the audible version, I wouldn't have finished it.
The book, on the other hand, was great. I am quite interested in continuing the series.