When she arrives in Helsmont, the king promises her a year of courtship before marrying—or parting ways. Before long, Kimri thinks she may find comfort, and perhaps eventually love, with the stoic king. But the realms are more unsettled than Kimri realizes, and she soon finds herself caught in the middle of a war between the kingdoms.
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Can she count on her betrothed to take her side? Or will his loyalty to his kingdom come before his loyalty to her? I think this novella suffers from being either too long or too short. If it had concentrated more on a few things and told them well, I would have been more satisfied. Or if it had been expanded enough to cover the many threads better, that would have worked too. As it is, there is too much that is attempted with only a few things that I found completely done.
Kimri has been bartered off by her brother — so she thinks — in an arranged marriage with the legendary king of a mountainous neighboring kingdom. Bitter at her fate, Kimri leaves her brother and homeland and begins her journey to her new life. And so begins her discovery of her new country. Kimri finds the freedom allowed her here to wander at will and the lack of courtly ceremony to be refreshing.
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She always felt constrained in her homeland but learns that in Helsmont women can achieve much more — even becoming soldiers. Together with the Prince of a neighboring hostile land who was captured trying to kidnap Kimri during her initial journey, she gets to know the people of her new homeland and their different customs. This is the aspect of the book that worked best for me.
Tathan is off here, there and everywhere but near Kimri until past the halfway point of the story. Kimri certainly takes to it without a whole lot of questions. Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 20 years ago. I felt pretty similar when I read this.
I had such hopes for a fantasy romance.
notes on HEART OF THE DRAGON'S REALM by Karalynn Lee: author of fantasy & romance
However, I think it would have worked as a Fantasy with romantic subplot even better in the first place. Kimri was a headstrong woman and Helsmont allowed her to be more herself than she felt even in her own country. I liked that we got to see her in her wanderings and getting to know the townspeople.
Overall it was a good story with humor, love, family loyalty and much more. If you want a quick but good fantasy then this is the book for you. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
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