Saturday, August 16, 2014

White Heart by Sarah Dalton

Mae never asked to be craft-born. She never wanted that burden.

The realm needs magic again, and the the King of Aegunlund has been waiting for the first craft-born girl to marry his son, Prince Casimir.

In Mae's town of Halts-Walden, the ambitious miller claims his daughter Ellen is craft-born. Mae knows this is a load of hogwash, but she's glad Ellen will have the unfortunate pleasure of becoming queen instead of her. All she has to do is sit back and wait until Casimir and Ellen are married, then she will finally be free of the threat of her fate. But on that day an event so shocking and terrible occurs that Mae finds herself entering the neighbouring cursed forest on a quest she never thought she'd have to follow. 

Join Mae as she rides her white stag through the Waerg Woods with a pampered prince at her heels. She's out for revenge and nothing, no one, will get in her way.
My Review:
Mae is different than others in her town in that she is craft born.  Born this way and not wanting the burden of being craft born, her family has always hidden her talents and therefore no one know that she is the one to restore magic to the Kingdom.  The day the Prince comes to the town to meet his future wife, Ellen the self proclaimed Craft born, Mae’s father and two of the Princes’ guards are killed and therefore it is up to Mae to seek revenge on those that killed him.

This begins a big journey for Mae and Prince Casimir leading them through the Waerg Woods.  Can the two of them conquer the trials that are set out before them or will they be forever lost in the woods.

This story was well written.  Throughout you find Mae growing from a girl who is hiding who she is to a woman who is accepting that her gift is nothing to be ashamed of.  I enjoyed reading the building relationship between Mae and Casimir and would have liked to see a different outcome but all in all it was a great story about magic, love, friendship, trust and personal growth.

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