Monday, March 31, 2014

{Fantasy Review} White Hart (White Hart #1) by Sarah Dalton

{Fantasy Review} White Hart (White Hart #1) by Sarah Dalton

White Hart (White Hart, #1)
Mae never asked to be craft-born. She never wanted that burden.

The realm needs magic again, and the the King of Aegunlund has been waiting for the first craft-born girl to marry his son, Prince Casimir.

In Mae's town of Halts-Walden, the ambitious miller claims his daughter Ellen is craft-born. Mae knows this is a load of hogwash, but she's glad Ellen will have the unfortunate pleasure of becoming queen instead of her. All she has to do is sit back and wait until Casimir and Ellen are married, then she will finally be free of the threat of her fate. But on that day an event so shocking and terrible occurs that Mae finds herself entering the neighbouring cursed forest on a quest she never thought she'd have to follow.

Join Mae as she rides her white stag through the Waerg Woods with a pampered prince at her heels. She's out for revenge and nothing, no one, will get in her way. (Blurb via Goodreads)
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{Details} ebook, 394 pages. Published March 5th 2014 by Sarah Dalton. Source: Netgalley/author in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Sarah Dalton.

{Rating} 4/5 -- I really liked it!

"When you live on the edge of a cursed forest, you do a lot of staring into the dark." (page 1, line 1)
An enjoyable tale filled with all the trappings of my favorite fairy tales: a cursed forest, fantastical creatures, a prince, a quest, loss and sacrifice.

Mae is a snarky Cinderella - if Cinderella climbed trees and was treated badly by everyone, not just her step-family. I liked Prince Cas, he's a good guy, smart and kind. How could you not fall in love with him?

As Mae learns more about what it means to be craft-born she realizes has a choice, what she wants, her happiness and what the world needs. The exciting ending left me eagerly awaiting book two in the White Hart series.

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