Set in a world of kings and queens, palaces and royal courts, warriors and battlefields, book two of Elise Marion’s Kings of Cardenas family saga continues with a story of love, passion, and destiny.
Princess Isabelle has spent her entire life bending to the will of those who have planned her life out for her. Sent into hiding when she was just an infant to protect her from the rebellion in her own homeland, Barony, she was betrothed to Prince Lionus from the neighboring province Cardenas when she was just an infant. Despite the forced engagement, Isabelle has loved Lionus all of her life. When a devious plot against the royal family results in her husband’s death, Isabelle is left with a broken heart and an uncertain future. Only one year after his brutal murder, she has no choice but to choose a new husband and return to her homeland to take her place as queen and repair the war-torn land.
Prince Serge has secretly loved Princess Isabelle his entire life. The fact that she was promised to his brother has brought him no end of pain and suffering. The second born son of the king, he has resigned himself to a life of living in his brother’s shadow. After a deadly plot against the royal family leaves Serge hovering on the edge of death, he awakens from a coma one year later to find that his older brother has died and his youngest brother has taken the throne in his stead. His future is now uncertain, but Serge is determined to find his own way in the world now that he has been given the gift of new life. When it is suggested that Princess Isabelle take him as her husband, Serge begins to hope that all of his most secret dreams will now come true.
Despite unexpected spark of desire between them, Isabelle resists the new path her heart is taking as she clings desperately to Lionus’ memory. Can Isabelle let go of her past and learn to love Serge in return, or is she destined to a life tied to one man as she mourns the other?
Once united as king and queen, Isabelle and Serge face the monumental task of rebuilding her broken homeland and rescuing it from the clutches of those seeking to destroy it. Can the pampered princess find the strength to stand beside her husband and fight for her people? Will the second son of a king finally get the chance to prove his worth? Can either of them learn to let go of the ghosts of the past and find love?
That's the way the cake - and the wedding - crumbles!
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appreciated the depth and growth of the characters
Super second book in this series!
I would listen to The Second Son again. I got totally swept back into Cardenas listening to this second book.
I loved Serge in The Third Son, seeing so much of him and his love and devotion for Isabella in this book is so sweet! Being the Second Son Serge has resigned himself to the fact that the woman he loves, Isabella, is set to marry his oldest brother. After a tragic meeting on the road leaves Serge in a coma, he wakes to find that one brother is dead and the other is now king. This leaves his Isabella free for him to try and prove that he is the man for her,
I had not listened to anything else narrated by Piers Gibbon, I liked the sound of his voice and the rhythm and pacing that the book was read in.
One of the most heart breaking yet, heart warming stories that you will ever see,
I really enjoy this series by Elise Marion, and I cannot wait to listen to more of her books!
- Mary Barger