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A KINGDOM OF STARS AND SHADOWS (Stars and Shadows #1) by Holly Renee
Release Date: July 14th
Genre/Tropes: Adult Fantasy Romance/High Fantasy Romance/Enemies-to-Lovers/Forbidden Romance
Destiny or desire?
Where does your allegiance lie?
I am told my union to the crowned prince will determine the fate of the kingdom, but it isn’t my betrothed who haunts my dreams. It’s the half-breed prince who stands at his side.
He is darkness and sin, and when he whispers promises of wickedness in my ear, I crave a man who I can’t have.
Every thought I have is treasonous. The way my hands ache to touch him deceitful.
Even my dreams make me a traitor to the kingdom I am sworn to protect.
But when the kingdom is attacked, I am forced to make choices I’m not prepared for. Our lies and deception are entangled in the shadows and stars, and as they unravel so shall my fate. Betray a kingdom or betray my heart.
A Kingdom of Stars and Shadows is book one in the Stars and Shadows Series and will end in a cliffhanger.
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Reviewed by Stephanie
I’ve read several of Holly Renee’s books and really enjoyed them all. With A Kingdom of Stars and Shadows, she takes on a whole new genre. I’m a million percent here for this absolutely incredible debut into the world of Fantasy. Fae, vampires, magic and forbidden romance. Secrets, lies, darkness and betrayal. This book takes everything I crave in a fantasy romance and weaves it all together so perfectly. I loved this book, characters, world building and even that painful cliffhanger. I knew this author could write a good romance but she absolutely kills it in the Fantasy genre.
“You will determine the future of our World.”
Adara is starblessed. Legend says the blood running through her veins could be the key to unlocking the power the high fae desperately craves. Her Mother made a deal with the King and Queen of Citlali that afforded luxuries in exchange for Adara’s betrothal to their son, the crowned prince Gavril.
“Blood and magic have been woven together throughout our land for centuries, but you are the blade with which they will sever it.”
Adara arrives in the Achlys kingdom to fulfill her destiny, though she fights it the entire way. She quickly learns that although some in the kingdom may crave the power she holds, most don’t intend to ensure she remains safe while she is there. The Queen is the very definition of evil. While she is unsure of her future husband’s intention, his true colors are quick to surface. One thing she is sure of is the constant pull she feels towards the Captain of the royal guard. He also happens to be the bastard prince, Evren.
“Even your body knows it. It calls to me like a fucking prayer.”
Adara may be betrothed to Gavril, but the intense chemistry between her and Evren is off the charts and so damn hot. Secrets build in the kingdom as fast as their forbidden romance. The Achlys kingdom claims her magic will help protect their people and keep their borders safe from the Vampires who want to destroy them. But is that all a lie? What secrets hide in the other side of the forest where the Vampires roam? There is a war brewing and Adara may be forced to choose a side. Unless someone else makes that choice for her.
“Your stars burn brighter in the shadows, witch. But it is you who must decide which darkness you cling to.”
I couldn’t possibly have loved this book anymore than I did. The author did a phenomenal job giving us a fantasy romance the way it’s supposed to be written. I love Adara and her strength and determination. I wanted to like Gavril but found myself wanting to throw my kindle at him. I loved Evrin and his intensity. Let’s not forget the absolutely insanely hot scenes with him and Adara. But those last few pages and that massive cliffhanger left me questioning everything I thought I knew. Amazing read, killer cliffhanger and I cannot wait until the next book!
About Holly Renee
USA Today Bestselling author, Holly Renee brings readers a pinch of angst, an indulgence of heat, and the perfect amount of heart in every book.
Born and raised in East Tennessee, she is a married mom of two wild children. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, pretending to be a dragon for the hundredth time that day, being disgustingly in love with her husband, or chilling in the middle of the lake with her sunglasses and a float.
Holly is a lover of all things romance, Mexican food, Harry Potter, and yoga pants.
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