Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do.
The book starts with the marriage of young princess Elisa and the older King Alejandro. They journey to his larger kingdom face troubles on the way there and then soon after settling in, Elisa gets kidnapped and begins a whole new journey and learns things that change her and shape her into a better person and queen.
I admit that I didn’t quite like Elisa in the beginning because she seemed a bit lazy and sometimes appeared to be too nice, but she grew on me. I enjoyed following her on her journey to win the war against Invierne. Her conversations with other characters seemed realistic and I found myself rooting for her and her friends in the end.
The amount of world building in this book sated me and my desire to know about the countries and what’s going on. I felt that there could’ve been more details added about Invierne, but overall I think the author did a great job at presenting the world at a good pace.
I loved this book and it’s now officially one of my favorites. I cannot wait to start The Crown of Embers and finish with the conclusion, The Bitter Kingdom. If you enjoy high fantasy, then this is definitely the book for you.