(Chronicles of Warshard #1)
by Katherine Bogle
Princess Haven was never meant to be Queen.
Her immortality has saved her time and time again, but when the last of her royal family dies at her feet, she is next in line to rule a nation on the brink of war. With no formal training on how to be Queen, Haven must rise to the occasion with the help of her best friends, and personal guard, or risk losing everyone she has ever loved.
With war to the West, and no escape to the East, the evil tyrant Kadia sets her sights on the six kingdoms. Haven’s neighbors are quick to fall under the swords of Kadia’s shadow soldiers, leaving a sea of bodies and a clear path to Haven’s only home.
As Kadia’s obsession with Haven mounts, little time remains, and Haven must make a choice; join together with her fellow Royals, and test her immortality in a final stand against the evil Queen, or flee across the sea to a foreign republic in hopes of salvation. Both choices have a cost. Both plans could go awry. Haven must decide quickly, or she might be the only one left.
If you like strong, female characters who are (not quite) born to be leaders, than this is the book for you. Haven is a young queen, recently crowned. She has no remaining family; her parents and her brothers have passed on. Murdered. She also has Supernatural abilities that have begun to manifest. The Six Kingdoms have been overthrown by war and Rythern is the last kingdom still standing, but not for long.
The book has a slow pick up, nothing major really happens until about 50%-way of the book. There is an attack at the beginning, which gives us the initial idea that there are things to be feared outside the supposed-safety of the kingdom. Once the story starts to pick up, it gets better.
I was genuinely excited to get into this book. The plot was very intriguing to me, but I think it could have had a bit more pick-up before reaching the midway point of the story. It was still a really great read and I am excited to learn what happens next!