Of Fire and Stars was the book included in the December Owlcrate – and I was really excited when I received it. It’s an LGBT fantasy, set in a fictional kingdom. There’s magic, princesses, and political intrigue – fun stuff!
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire – a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine – called Mare – the sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more. – Goodreads
For the most part, this book was a quick and enjoyable read. The plot was interesting, although I had figured out who the villain was early on, which put a damper on things. The two teen protagonists were well developed, but the rest all seemed to fall under the ‘clueless adult’ stereotype. But the romance was cute, and the story ended on a sweet note. I don’t know if this will develop into a series, but I think it has the potential to. Thankfully though, it did wrap up nicely enough that this could also be a stand alone.
I don’t sound enthused, but I am! Characterization was a bit rough, but the story itself was great. And I have high hopes for Coulthurst’s future novels (this was her debut).