An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.
Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.
Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.
When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.
As promised, here is my more detailed review of Evermore. It might take me a while to do Always, just cause things in life have come up. But I will have it done by next week!
I really enjoyed this book! It had a bit of a Melanie Dickerson/Gail Carson Levine feel but grown up. There was a bit more description to moments of violence than I normally like but it’s all well within the PG-13 rating. That being said, I would probably give this to 16+ year olds just due to the content and the fact that most younger teens will not be as interested.
I loved the flow of the book, of it switching between characters to get their perspective. It also gave us a chance to review information without it feeling redundant. I also loved that she made her female character kick-butt and not some damsel in distress. Yes, she could use the man’s help and did need it in some situations, but no, she didn’t need him to do everything for her. It was a partnership.
Age Group: 16+ due to content and interest
Content Concerns: Violence, some heated kissing, betrayal
Language: 0/10 None that I could see that was worth mentioning.
Violence/Gore: 4/10 While there wasn’t a lot of violence, the moments were fairly descriptive.
Chapter 1 – Location 143 – Mild jousting fight.
Chapter 2 – Location 189 – Description of a dying woman
Chapter 3 – Location 404 – Mild fight
Chapter 7 – Location 1019 – Description of corpses
Chapter 8 – Location 1115 – Fight, but most is seen through an archer’s eyes
Chapter 10 – Location 1404 – Wolf attack
Chapter 16 – Location 2252 – Villagers terrorized
Chapter 20 – Location 2845 – Very detailed description of someone who has been tortured repeatedly.
Chapter 21 – Location 2941 – More about the torture victim
Chapter 21 – Location 2990 – Character dies
Sexual Content: 2/10 Heated moments and kissing
Chapter 10 – Location 1498 – Heated moment
Chapter 13 – Location 1783 – Kissing