A Stolen Crown by Kelsey Keating
A Stolen Crown
Author: Kelsey Keating
Goodreads Synopsis: A stolen crown. An unbreakable friendship. One big mess in the making.
When Princess Cecily Degalt travels south to wed a prince she’s never met, she’s ushered into a strange new world alongside her best friend and bodyguard, Rory Castille. With an MIA fiancé, his handsome twin brother, and a kidnapping gone wrong, life in Myrzel isn’t quite what Cecily expected.
Rory will do anything to keep Cecily from harm–but when Rory’s darkest secret comes between her and Cecily, the greatest danger to the princess might be Rory herself.
Torn apart for the first time, each girl will have to think like the other as she faces not only the darkness of Fangralee Forest, but a dangerous enemy closer to home.
A Stolen Crown is the second novel in the Stolen Royals series – a tale of magic, intrigue, and the power of true friendship. *Summary from Goodreads
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: Love, magic, and friendship is at the center of this good feel book. I love when we have magical aspects in books like this and the strong bonds that are formed between the two main character’s in this installment. For not having read the first book, I was able to follow along really well with A Stolen Crown. The first few chapters of this book took a little longer to build up momentum, but once it did it didn’t stop.
Cecily wants to find true love in her fiance from Myrzel, while Rory just wants to protect her friend from harm that seems to find its way to them often. I am taken into this realm of young love gone wrong, and at times finding its right footing. A true friendship filled with heartache for having to do what is wrong in order to protect the one’s they care for. Conflicted emotions all around and trickery from every corner.
“Daegan’s grin faded as she shifted back to her true form. For a moment, she seemed to struggle with what she was about to say. ‘You are to… acquire… one of Princess Cecily’s crown jewels for me.’
Rory jerked back. ‘You want me to steal from Cecily?’ She shook her head. ‘No. That’s absurd.’ Daegan had asked her to do foolish things before, but never against Cecily. Even as she denied the command, Rory’s fingers twitched with the urge to take a jewel, the magic taking over.”
A Stolen Crown doesn’t just follow any already played out fairy-tale happy ending, we see Cecily finding out the truth of life in Myrzel through her fiance’s twin brother Ephraim, whom tells her about all the wonderful “traditional” marriage customs his family lives by.. includes having half brothers and sisters. As well as spending most of her time in their palace without her husband-to-be nearby and a maniacally driven shape-shifter, Daeghana, who’s bent on destroying any chances Cecily may have with him on his return.
“Cocking her head to the side, Daeghana read Barbo’s face, surprised at the lack of hesitation. ‘Do you often place love spells?’ she asked, drawing a curious glance from both Barbos and her master. ‘ I never thought much of them before.’ Could I use one on Rakesh?”
I’m introduced to Rory and her many endeavors to protect Cecily, physically and mentally, and how much that begins to affect her internally. She becomes frazzled as everything around her comes undone and protecting Cecily becomes harder than she had ever imagined.
This second book in the series, takes a sharp turn as a kidnapping ensue and turns everyone’s world upside down, struggling with a means to get their loved ones back safely. All while trying to find out the actual location of Cecily’s fiance Rakesh.
“Mercusius sighed. ‘Rakesh wasn’t at the southern villa as we’d assumed. The servants there said he never arrived. We don’t have access to our crown prince or our queen. We don’t want to alarm the public in the meantime. I’m afraid you’ll need to remain in the palace until they return.”
Kelsey Keating has created a world that we want to keep being a part of and it just keeps getting more and more interesting the further you get into this book.
So what happens with the royal family’s and their loyal companions? You’ll have to read it for yourself to find out.
*** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. ***