A Princess’s Duty (Of Fire and Frost #1) By Sloane Murphy [Review]

A Princess's Duty (Of Fire and Frost, #1)RELEASE DATE: October 22nd 2018 
Sloane Murphy
New-Adult, Dark Fantasy, Fae, Romance.  

Emilia Daarke has wanted to escape the Summer Court her entire life. She’s not brutal like the other Fae. She’s not savage. But they are.

When the boy she loves, Cade Vasara, Crowned Prince of the Winter Court, kills Emilia’s twin, they are torn apart and Emilia’s love for Cade dies just like her sibling did.

Years later, she has fallen in love with a hunter – a forbidden love that goes against all that she has been taught. A man her father will never approve of. When her secret is outed, her father captures her Hunter and gives Emilia an ultimatum.

If she succeeds, she’ll lose the one she loves. But if she fails, he will die, and she will never be able to forgive herself…



MY REV (Copy)

First of all, I really loved that cover. It was the first thing that grabbed my attention and the synopsis had me sold because I’m  total sucker for dark fae romances. Well, this book has great potential but it fell short in execution. I really want to love it but it has flaws that I couldn’t ignore. It felt like it was written in a rush.  The plot was underdeveloped, the romance seemed rushed, and the modern accents in a fantasy book was a bit turn off. This is a fae novel but I didn’t get that magical experience. It felt like a historical read set in medieval times. It was kind of disappointing because I really loved the overall concept. And the main lead Emilia Daarke, I’m not great fan of her but I don’t hate her either.

Emilia Daare is the princess of the Summer Court but unlike her fellow fae folks she wasn’t savage, brutal, and cruel. She has a crush on Cade Vassara, Crown Prince of Winter court. When Emilia and her brothers were invited for a party in winter Court, she is reluctant to attend the barbaric party filled with bloodshed and violence. Emilia has a twin brother named Edimere who’s total opposite of her soft personality. When Cade kills him, she gets totally devastated by his death and her love for Cade dies on that day. Several years later, she falls in love with a hunter, a being who’s seen beneath her kind because they’re part demon and part fae. When Emilia’s father discovers her secret relationship with the hunter, he gets furious. He captures the hunter and throws him into the dungeons. He blackmails Emilia that he’ll kill her lover if she doesn’t agree to fulfill the treaty between the winter court and summer court where she has to marry her brother’s killer Cade. To save her lover and her kingdom, Emilia agrees to his will, but when she arrives at winter court surprise awaits her.

The heroine in this book is not my favorite protagonist. I liked Emilia at the beginning, but as the story progressed, I was bothered with some of her decisions. How can she change her affections from one guy to another  so quickly? It seemed  wrong and I felt bad for the other guy. The romance was poorly developed. I wish there was more interactions between Cade and Emilia. Their relationship felt very rushed. Cade seemed like a cold hearted guy but he wasn’t cruel and sadistic like his father King Adriel. I absolutely hated him. He was pretty sick and cunning. He loves being in power and wants his sons to be ruthless like him. I really liked Cade’s younger brother Rowan. He is the odd one out in his family. He’s soft and friendly unlike his brother. He cares for Emilia and looks after her well being during her stay at the winter court.

The plot was pretty good but the execution was average. It was a little bit messy. The pacing was super fast. I wanted the pace to slow down a little so I could connect with the story and the characters cause everything was happening so fast.  There were so many things that was left out unexplained like the hunters background and also the sudden change in Emilia’s parents behavior after her brother’s death. The twists were good but the major twist at the end  I saw that one coming. This book has some mature themes not suitable for younger readers. The writing was okay but I didn’t liked the modern american accent in a fantasy novel, It’s always a bit turn off for me because I find them distracting. The book was mostly told in Emilia’s first person POV but we also get a few chapters told in Cade’s POV. The world building was somewhat lacking in this book which is kind of disappointing because it’s the first thing I always look forward to in a fantasy novel.

Overall, It was an okay-ish read! Despite all the flaws, I was able to finish it because it does have a gripping story-line. Even though it wasn’t my favorite read, I will read the next book when it comes out because I want to know what’s gonna happen next.

Recommend it?

If you want to check out this book then definitely give it a shot but don’t expect it to blow your mind away.

Trigger Warnings: Domestic Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Violence, Death, and Torture.

[3/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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22 thoughts on “A Princess’s Duty (Of Fire and Frost #1) By Sloane Murphy [Review]

  1. Trang November 7, 2018 / 1:36 am

    Oh no it sounds so good though 😭 I’m still happy that it got 3. 5 stars! For the average execution I guess the author could’ve done it better 🤔 Great review!! 👍

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 7, 2018 / 4:04 am

      Yeah, this could’ve been much better! It seemed like a first draft of a book. I hope the next book is better and improved. Thank you, Trang! 😊


  2. sammers65 November 7, 2018 / 2:40 am

    Oof! I fell in love with this cover and was hoping that it would be good, glad I didn’t pick it up yet, cause it sounds like I would just be annoyed the entire time. lol. Great review!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 7, 2018 / 4:06 am

      Yeah, it’s a shame that it didn’t live up to the beautiful cover and the intriguing synopsis. The plot was great but the execution was bad. Thank you! 😊


  3. nzfnmblog November 7, 2018 / 4:16 am

    Gotta agree that’s a pretty amazing cover, I do get annoyed when characters seem to switch their affections easily though! Great review 🙂

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  4. theorangutanlibrarian November 7, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    The cover is cool 😀 It’s such a shame this book fell short of its potential. Shame the plot and the romance was too underdeveloped. Shame it was so messy and rushed. It’s a particular shame about the world building as well. Great review!

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  5. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate November 8, 2018 / 12:42 am

    Ugh, I’m sorry this was such a flop! It seemed to have everything going for it… And I love dark fae romances as well! I hate it when authors rush things. A story needs to have proper development, be it in plot or relationships, otherwise it won’t grab the reader. Is that too much to ask?

    I encounter the modern speech soooo much in supposedly ancient societies. What is up with that? It turns me off so much. And fickle heroines turn me off completely as well, which is a shame because it seems like the second romance would have been much better had the first one had a proper closure. If she switches her affections that quickly, then I’m sorry but I won’t be able to root for anyone.

    Brilliant review, however! I hope your next read is much better Raven ❤


    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 9, 2018 / 4:33 am

      Yeah, this could’ve better executed! With proper development, this could’ve been a hit series! It’s a shame that it fell short on every aspect but it does have a great plot. I’m glad that I’m not only one who hates modern speeches in fantasy novels. I don’t like fickle minded characters either! They’re so annoying!
      Thank you, Sophie!❤️ I hope you’re enjoying your current read! 🙂


  6. Beware Of The Reader November 8, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    Damn! Yes the cover and the blurb caught my eyes but average execution …this won’t work! Sorry it was kind of a let down Raven!

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  7. The Candid Cover November 8, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    I am glad that the plot was interesting enough to keep you reading! I would probably give it a try just based on that cover alone as well. I hope that your next read is a bit more enjoyable for you. 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 9, 2018 / 4:41 am

      Yeah, that cover was so appealing! I couldn’t help it! Thank you, Olivia! I hope you’re enjoying your current read! 😊


  8. Jen November 10, 2018 / 12:21 am

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the second book is beyond amazing and pulls this series up. Between the pace, world building and characters, that would be challenging. But with that synopsis and cover this book looks like it would be super addicting. I’ll be looking forward to your review of the next book and here’s hoping you love!

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  9. Helena @ The Life of a BookNerd Addict November 10, 2018 / 11:17 am

    Hello, beautiful cover! Holy moly! And Yessssss I’m a total sucker for faesssss as well! I saw you tagged Fae and I clicked so fast 😂 .
    But it sucks that you didn’t get the magical experience. That is definitely something I like to see in Fae books as well.
    It’s unfortunate because the concept of this story is great.

    Buttttttt……I’m still interested though, you had me when you said Fae.😍

    Hope you have a lovely weekend ahead. 💋 xoxo


    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 12, 2018 / 2:39 am

      Ahaha! I’m obsessed with Fae novels😁 I’ll read anything that has dark fae. This book has a lot of potential but it was super fast and messy. You might enjoy it, if you go in with low expectations.
      Thank you, I hope you have a great day! 😊♥️

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  10. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer November 26, 2018 / 11:17 am

    I love the cover too Raven! Too bad everything was so meh. Sometimes I still enjoy those books if they hit me at the right moment… you sure on a fae kick… I personally love fae books 😉

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 1, 2018 / 5:24 am

      This book was definitely meh but it has good storyline. I wish the author put more effort in this book! Me too! I’m a total sucker for fae books! 😁


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