RELEASE DATE: March 09th 2020
AUTHOR: Kaitlyn Davis
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Kaitlyn Davis
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.
“Love is when you find a piece of yourself in someone else, a piece you never knew was missing, but without which you’d be broken”
*eARC received from the publisher Via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
The Raven and The Dove is the first book in the Kaitlyn Davis new YA romance fantasy series. It’s my first book by the author and I can safely say that it won’t be my last. That pretty cover is obviously what drew me to this book, but when I read the synopsis, I was sold. It has such a beautiful concept and I’m a total sucker for forbidden romance trope. And also it’s a retelling of Tristan and Isolde.
Princess Lyana Aethionus is looking forward to her courtship trials where heirs from different kingdoms will display their strength through various tasks. The person who gets the highest wins will have the choice to pick their own mate first. When Lyana comes across the prince of Whispers fighting a dragon, she gets intrigued by his bravery. While saving him, she discovers his dark secret and she feels he’s the only one for her. On the day of the courtship trials, she picks the mysterious raven prince as her mate, but she doesn’t know that he’s the bastard prince in disguise because the real prince can’t participate because he is handicapped. 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 prophesied queen who will save the world and he will not stop until he makes her his queen.
I really liked Princess Lyana! She’s pretty much stubborn, fierce, adventurous, and also a little bit spoiled and selfish. Some might find her annoying, but I really enjoyed her character. Cassi is Lyana’s best friend who has an unrequitted feelings for King Malik, the villain. She’s torn between her friendship and love. I admired their friendship, but that betrayal destroyed everything. Prince Rafe is a complex character. He’s very much loyal to his brother prince Lysander aka Xander. I felt bad with the way he was treated especially by Xander’s mother. I hated her. Xander is a pretty sweet and kind guy. He always felt insecure and vulnerable because of his missing hand. He genuinely loves his brother unlike his bitch of a mother. The romance in this book was definitely a insta-love and surprisingly it didn’t bother me much. I honestly enjoyed it!
The plot was engaging filled with forbidden romance, friendship, betrayal, and magic. The first half of the book was a bit slow, so if you’re not fan of slow pace then be warned. There’s some drama and betrayals which I saw coming but that didn’t diminish my interest at all. The story kept me hooked till the end. I liked the author’s captivating writing style. I’m glad the book was written in multiple POVs. The world building was interesting. I loved the idea of floating islands, and people with bird like wings and mannerisms. And also not to forget the dragons. The magic system seems unique. We didn’t get much of it in this book, but I hope we get more in the sequel.
Overall, I really liked this book! It was an enjoyable read and a great start to a new series. The book finally ends with one hell of a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to know what happens next.
I would recommend this book if you’re a fan of star-crossed lovers or forbidden romance trope, but I strongly suggest you guys to lower your expectations before getting into it because I’ve seen that it was either a hit or miss for some people.
So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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