The Shadow Princess by Sawyer Bennett
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Series: Chronicles of the Stone Veil #6
Also by this Author: Alex, Wicked Fall, Wicked Lust, Wicked Need
Published by Big Dog Books on June 7, 2022
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi
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Living an idyllic life in Wyoming, Thalia Clairmont is completely unaware that her world is about to be turned upside down. Step into the next dimension with The Shadow Princess, the newest story in The Chronicles of the Stone Veil series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett.
My name is Thalia Clairmont and I am heir to the throne of Vyronas. A title that was unknown to me after the love of my life, Bastien Dunne, had me stripped of my memories and sent me through the veil into another dimension. He maintains it was for my protection after my parents were killed and our kingdom was overthrown, but I see it as a betrayal.
Overwhelmed by my feelings of both love and anger for Bastien, I quickly understand that things aren’t what they once were. Vyronas is at war and an evil sorceress has claimed my throne by casting her blood magic to subjugate my people. With my memories returned, I realize Bastien isn’t the man I once loved and has instead become a distant, hardened warrior whose heart is as cold as ice.
My magic alone cannot defeat the blood sorcery, so I delve into the deepest shadows to find a way to regain control of my kingdom. Can I defeat evil without succumbing to the darkness? And will Bastien and I be able to reclaim the love we once shared? I am the Shadow Princess and it’s time for me to reclaim my throne.
The Shadow Princess is a standalone second chance romance with a fantastical flourish within The Chronicles of the Stone Veil series.
Be careful about jumping into the middle of this series.
The blurb states that, even though this book is sixth in this series, that it is a stand alone title. This is the first book I’ve read from this series, and I do feel a little lost and did feel confused in places in the book like I was missing out on something, but I can’t possibly know what that is. I think someone would get much more enjoyment from this book by reading the series in order.
I haven’t really been enjoying the trend of “grumpy” heroes, but this one was more tolerable. He had a legitimate reason for being grumpy that I’m not going to spoil you and tell you about. For me, that’s different than just being a general grumpy-pants.
I enjoy the world the author built with electricity and water running by magic, and an invented tree name (unless I’m really bad at looking up what pressian trees are…LOL). I could see a lot of the world and the action in my mind as though it were playing out like a movie.
I took two half-stars off for a couple of things. I picked out “the bad guy” very early on. I wrote someone else as a guess in my kindle notes only because I didn’t think the author would use someone so obvious. But she did. So that was a half point. The other one was for misuse of the epilogue. It has become a pet peeve of mine when authors toss cliffhangers or teasers about the next book in the series in an epilogue. That’s not what they’re for. Look up the definition. This book leaves us hanging, wondering what happened to the hero from the next book in the series. That turns me off from wanting to buy it. So there goes a half star.
Overall, these two things did not affect my enjoyment of the book. I really liked it. If I have the opportunity to read the whole series, I will likely do so. I enjoy this author’s writing and suspect I would enjoy this entire series if I read it in order, which would increase my enjoyment of this book. So I do recommend it with a caveat. Read the series in order.