Fantasy, Fiction


Rating: 4 out of 5.


She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer.

Katria swore she’d never fall in love. She’s seen what “love” means through the cruelty of her family. So when she’s married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she’s leaving. Feelings are off the table.

But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult.

As their attraction begins to grow, so too do the oddities within her new life: strange rules, screams in the night, and attacks by fae that Katria never thought were real. When she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes, Katria finds herself spirited away to the land of Midscape.

Surviving the fae wilds as a human is hard enough. Katria must survive as a human who accidently pilfered the magic of ancient kings – magic a bloodthirsty king is ready to kill her for in order to keep his stolen throne – and her new husband is the rightful heir in hiding.

The power to save the fae is in her hands. But who will save her from a love she vowed never to feel?

My Take:

I must admit I’m a sucker for an Elise Kova fantasy/romance. This is the second book in her Married to Magic series, but it’s not necessary that you read A Deal with the Elf King first.

I sometimes have difficulty reading fairy tale retellings. Either I like them just fine, or I utterly despise them. Truthfully, I feel like the trope is a bit overdone. Kova, however, does an excellent job of weaving in the elements of the Cinderella story with the story of a consistently strong female character who won’t let a glass slipper define her fate. (Seriously, there’s no glass slipper, but there is a glass crown.)

Katria and “Lord Fenwood” come together slowly, in a believable way. It really grounds the story, which is quite necessary for a fantasy like this.

If you like your fantasy stories more swoony than epic, this is the book for you!


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