Expected publication: March 9th, 2020 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
Goodreads Rating: 4.25 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
A princess longing to be free…
On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.
A bastard aching to belong…
Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.
Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…
Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.
Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you’ll never see coming, don’t miss The Raven and the Dove!
This is a romance centered story within an amazingly unique world. Set in a world where islands float high in the sky, magic is forbidden and people have wings, we have a great fantasy setting and interesting characters.
We follow the mischevious Princess Lyana as she and the other Princes and Princesses in the Kingdom participate in mating games. Lyana is a free spirit but her whole life has been predetermined for her, and her willingness to escape the confines of her planned future drives the plot in an interesting direction.
Lyana’s fun and sassy friend Cassi is a great side character. She has interesting chapters from her perspective that reveal secrets and plots that are brilliant at adding suspense to the story and foreshadowing for the reader.
The other two characters we follow are the identical half-brothers, Xander and Rafe. Xander is the crowned Prince of the House of Whispers, and has to sends his half brother into the mating games in his stead. However, Rafe is not happy pretending to be the Prince but does it so that the Princes’s secret is not revealed. Xander is a lovely character whose heart is full of love for his people. Rafe is hot and broody. He is a bastard and disliked by most of the House of Whispers because when he was a child he survived when he shouldn’t have. Xander and Rafe have a complicated dynamic and their relationship adds to the story.
The world-building is interesting and unique and romance-driven. The plot could get a little infuriating at times when nothing ever goes right for the characters. This is a retelling of Tristan and Isolde, but I am not familiar with it so I can’t say for certain how close it is to the original. The story is full of cringe moments and missteps. There is enough thwarted romance and bad luck to fill many more books.
This is the first book in a series called The Raven and the Dove, and the set-up for the next book was done well. I am anxious to see what happens to these characters and where this plot goes.
Happy Reading !
I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review or rating in any way 🙂