RELEASE DATE: November 8th, 2018
AUTHOR: Natalia Jaster
GENRE: New-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Retellings.
In the Kingdom of Autumn, Aspen is a girl of the trees.
She’s a girl who knows her way around a falsehood.
She’s the artful liar who steals from the Crown.
Once upon a time, there lived a knight…
In the shadows of a castle, Aire is a man of the wind.
He’s a man who sees through Aspen’s treachery.
He’s the relentless knight who pursues her.
Once upon a time, there lived two enemies…
In a fairytale woodland, a pair of mismatched souls are thrown together—only to find an unexpected bond. Both deceitful and passionate.
I love fairytale-ish romance novels and I’m a great fan of Natalia Jaster’s Foolish Kingdoms series. Besides love, this series also focuses on mental disabilities which is very rare in fantasy books. Lie is a third installment in the series. This book can be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend you to read the first two books because they’re amazing. I loved Trick, Flare, and now Aspen. I absolutely love the new covers which are stunning! This book is actually a fantasy romance inspired by Pinocchio. I’ve never read a Pinocchio retelling and this book was a delight to read. Although it wasn’t as amazing as the first two books in the series, I enjoyed the storyline, the magic, and the characters. I can’t believe I finished it in two sittings.
In the Kingdom Of Autumn, Eighteen Year Old Aspen was a wooden puppet girl who was brought to life by a magical Acorn. She’s a wood Carver’s daughter and she can’t lie. Lying makes her nose grow, but she learned ways of telling the truth without telling the whole truth which made her an artful liar. When her mother takes ill, she decides to steal the magical acorn from the crown so that she could save her ailing mother who was starting to lose her mind. Then her path crosses with the honorable knight named Aire who sees through her treachery and starts to hunt her. Hence begins the magical romantic journey between a thief and a honorable knight.
All the characters in this book were flawed and fun. I loved the main characters Aspen and Aire. Aspen was fierce, snarky, bold, and clever. She’s a curvy girl and not like the other typical fantasy heroines who’re slender and slim. I seriously loved her character. She was a liar and sometimes a bit selfish and that’s what makes her so real. Aire was sweet, honest, noble, brave and broody. I really liked him but there’s one scene at the end where I hated him. He acted like a cold jerk. I enjoyed the slow burn romance between Aspen and Aire and also their character development. Coming to the side characters, I liked Nicu and Lyrik. Yeah, Nicu is in this book and he’s grown up into an adorable seventeen year old boy who’s currently in a rebellious phase and wants to be independent. Lyrik was pretty fun but also a mystery. I can’t wait to read his story. And last but not the least, we have Aspen’s awesome sidekick named Punk who is actually a woodpecker. She’s Aspen’s reluctant crime partner and cares for her timber friend. She’s so sweet and righteous. I loved all her cute antics.
This book was mostly a character driven story and romance was the central focus of the plot. Even though it’s not my favorite book in the series, I devoured it in two sittings because the story was just addicting. I enjoyed the cameo appearances of Poet and Briar, the main characters of the first book. This book has some magic unlike the first two books in the series. The concept was refreshing and very fairytale-ish. I loved the lore of the magical acorns. The pacing was good and there was never a dull moment. The writing was beautiful and lyrical. It’s one of the best things I love about this series. The book was written in first person dual POV. The whole book was set in Autumn kingdom and It was really a fascinating world. I really want to explore more of this world and its magic.
Overall, It was a good addition to the series and I really liked it! It was an entertaining read filled with romance, friendship, family, adventure, and magic. The complex characters are what makes this series so good. I can’t wait to read the final book in this series which is Nicu and Lyrik’s story.
I highly recommend this book to the readers who’re looking for a fantasy romance with fairytale vibes and also to the people who loves enemies to lovers trope. Warning: This book contains sexual content and language which is not suitable for younger readers who’re below 17 years.