This is a series of posts highlighting books that I’ve read and loved. If you enjoy my books, you’ll like these too.
Linnet and the Prince by Alydia Rackham
I found another terrific read. I stayed up WAY too late one night to finish it. Yes, it’s one of those. Just couldn’t put it down.
Linnet and the Prince is a fabulous love story between two people that should be bitter enemies. Prince Rajak kills King Peliar and then demands the hand of the king’s daughter in marriage. Princess Linnet volunteers to marry him to save her older sister from the horrible fate.
Taken to Rajak’s homeland, Linnet is miserable among the hated strangers. She struggles to fit in where she doesn’t want to belong and to understand her new husband.
One aspect about Linnet that I loved–she’s was raised to be a fighter, to protect her older sister from men who might take advantage of her. BUT… the author doesn’t beat you over the head with that. She doesn’t make Linnet out to be the best warrior ever and have her fighting every time you turn the page. It’s just a set of skills that she has and that she uses when the time is right. Instead, Linnet succeeds more with her feminine skills, even though she has to develop them first. I really appreciate that delicate touch.
It’s a wonderful love story set in a far-off land with a touch of magic. It shows how Rajak and Linnet find their way past the bitter hatred between their people to build their own strong relationship.
LINNET AND THE PRINCE
Sixteen-year-old Linnet has been given a grave task. If she succeeds, it could end her life. If she fails, it could destroy her people.
She must kill a prince.
But first, she must marry him.
Prince Rajak of the Badi, son of the tyrannical desert king, has given Linnet’s Highland kingdom of Hilrigard an ultimatum: give him a princess for his bride, or be slaughtered. Linnet’s older sister is his first choice, but when she begs not to be sent, Linnet volunteers, to save her people.
Her mother, however, sees an opportunity. She secretly instructs Linnet to gain Rajak’s trust and then assassinate him, before he discovers the legendary chamber that will resurrect the Badi’s greatest king.
Linnet is united with Rajak and goes to his court determined to obey her mother’s command, though repulsed by the strange customs and bizarre foods. But the more she learns of the prince, the more she realizes that his brooding exterior conceals a good heart. And the more she learns of the chamber, the more she suspects that the legend is not what it seems.
But time runs short when Linnet’s mother sets the coup in motion, and Linnet is faced with a heart-rending choice—for the one sent to kill the prince is now the only one who can save him.