Princess Charmaine is getting married to Luka, but the kingdom has been in turmoil since the death of her father: the king. It is up to her to put her kingdom back together in between planning her wedding and dealing with the press. She almost forgets about the Magi who were looking for her protection, but she still manages to try in the name of Cynder. She thinks that she will never see him again as he is on the run from the police, but Cynder knows some things that mean his Charm is in danger. Now, he knows he must go back to save her.
This, this was finally a love triangle done right! Charm knows that she cannot abandon her kingdom to chase after Cynder when she doesn’t even know where he is. So, even though she loves him, she continues her duties and goes onto marry Luka. She had to also take charge and protect the Magi on the side and try to stop her kingdom from tearing itself apart. Therefore, even though there was a triangle, it wasn’t pointless, and we knew who Charm would choose if she truly had the choice. Also, Cynder wasn’t there the entire time, so she thought that she was just going to have to suck it up with Luka and produce an heir for the kingdom.
Also, I was truly able to see Charm grow within this novel. With the loss of her father, she knows that she will have to take over the kingdom, and so she really starts to step up to the plate as the leader. I have to say that this book was most likely my favorite in the entire trilogy simply because I get to see her really step up to the plate as a queen. She also handles the media and the stress of planning a wedding without completely forgetting about her family. This was one of the few YA novels that I read where the family ties were emphasized and viewed as being important.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a YA fantasy novel with a GOOD love triangle and incredible worldbuilding.
I received this book for free and this is my voluntary review.
Overall Rating: 5/5