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Publisher's Summary

An atmospheric and romantic debut fantasy perfect for fans of Ash and The Winner's Curse.
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 kingdoms.
But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire - a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden.
Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria's formidable warhorses before her coronation - and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, 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 work together, they discover there is more to one another than they thought - and soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms - and each other.
©2016 Audrey Coulthurst (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kass on 05-10-18

10 out of 10 would recommend

Fantastic! Wish there were more well written and told stories in the fantasy ya genre where the main characters are LGBTQ like this one.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Emma Ridinger on 04-30-18

Tries to fill a gap in LGBT ya fantasy

I picked up this book because I love fantasy stories and reading LGBT narratives is important to me. Something about this fell short though. A lot of the characterization felt a little slippery-often characters were stuck between vaguely annoying and sudden shifts in character that didn't make sense. For example, I could never really get a grasp on the relationship between the prince and princess. Their sibling relationship veered between abusive and fond with irregularity. Also, while I loved having a butch woman narrator, at a certain point you can only have so many horse similes and equine metaphors. This is speaking even as an equestrian.
That said, it's nice to have a lesbian romance depicted in a healthy way, that doesn't end in death! There are a lot of really nice, tender moments between the two narrators, and the author does a nice job of showing different relationships between children and parents, and what were told to do vs what we yearn to do.

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