Decades ago, in the nation of Patria, an attack from an enemy state killed the King and Queen and sent the Queen Mother into a coma. Since that tragic day Patria has been governed by the ruthless Archibald Mercer. But when the Queen Mother awakes from her coma, she and Mercer begin a desperate scramble for power—and a princess will be their pawn.
Joseph de Brull, heir of a once-powerful family now in ruins, has dedicated his life to winning a position on the ruling council. But his rising career is jeopardized when his sister Nicola is chosen to be bound to the young Princess Eloise in an ancient and erotic ritual, which would make them lifelong companions as well as lovers.
Now, as Joseph faces a life-threatening choice between family and power, Nicola must face a life turned upside-down—and new mystical powers that could require the ultimate sacrifice...
Set in a breathtaking world of intrigue and magic, The Golden Arrow is author Anna Redmond’s fantasy debut—a riveting tale that takes dead aim at the quest for absolute power.
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I'm going to be honest -- if I had had to rate this book after only having read two thirds of it, I would've given it fewer stars. But now that I have finished it, and have seen how the various elements are starting to come together, I've had a change of heart. It's more complex and less predictable than I originally thought. And I do like it when authors surprise me like that.
The Golden Arrow is told, in alternating chapters, through the points of view of Joseph and Nicola de Brull, a brother and sister from a family of noble lineage. Though their country (Patria) has been democratized (in a way), their father retains much of his land and wealth. Joseph has dedicated himself to succeeding in the new order, but we are told that he would like to see a return to glory, and the same is true of his father. Nicola, who is some years younger than Joseph, is concerned with the sorts of things that young ladies of noble standing might be expected to care about -- balls and...
Redmond has written a fantastically creative new epic fantasy. The world is intricately fashioned, with warring factions, secret sects, political intrigue, and a fascinating cast of characters. I rooted for Nicola as her family and friends schemed around her, and fretted for her when things took a dangerous turn. A strong debut from a fresh voice in fantasy.
The food! The romance! The political intrigue!
I found The Golden Arrow to be a delightful and entrancing journey through a well-crafted world. The characters of Joseph and Nicola were not only well-developed, but relatable in their quests to overcome political and spiritual struggles. I found myself quickly turning the page and eager to get to the next chapter in order to know what would become of this engaging narrative.
In addition, the religious and political systems and rites Anna Redmond has created are fascinating and explore deep questions at the root of all of human history. I cannot wait to read more from this young author -- I hear sequels are in the works and will be first in line for the next book.
** and I'm also hoping there will be a cookbook for some of the incredible foods this author has cooked up in the story!
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