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I am excited to present to you today my stop on the tour for The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme.
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Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: March 2nd, 2021
For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of PerinFaye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner’s daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne. Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.
When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.
Please excuse any grammatical errors, or typos. I have done my best, but in reality I am not a writer.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme is a rich and spectacular fantasy.
Maralyth is a vintners daughter working with her brother alongside her father. Taking care of each other and the family’s vineyard. She has stepped into her mother’s role as caretaker and cook for the vineyards working hands. Longing to be amongst the vines she struggles with the role that is placed on her shoulders. Unbeknownst to her brother and father she has a unique magical secret that only her deceased mother knew of. A secret that her own mother also possessed.
Everything takes off in this fast paced tale, when Maralyth is kidnapped and astonishing birthright becomes known to her. Forced into a political coup to overthrow the king and place Mara on the throne.With her life and the lives of those she loves threatened, Mara has no choice but to take the throne and become a better ruler than the current greedy king
Prince Alac Thungrave, is the second in line for his father’s throne. He shuns the dark magic that his father possesses, his interested lie in the fundamentals of maintaining a vineyard. Everything comes to halt when he meets Maralyth, a young lady visiting court for his brother’s wedding and is completely drawn to her. In a series of events, that leads Alac to be placed within reaching distance of the one thing he has never wanted or desired. He is also faced with fact that Mara is not all that he thinks she is, and can her secret be his salvation or his undoing.
Jillian Boehme, seamless narration is told in two distinct POV’s. Her prose flows perfectly and the characters were so well developed and I absolutely loved them.
We also are thrown into a complex political world where there are two sides to this magic tied to the land magical system. One side is healing and growth, that was gifted to the rightful King of Perin Faye, by the lands holy god. When it was wrenched away from it’s rightful owner over a hundred years before Maralyth’s time. It becomes something else entirely, it has taken on a sinister corrupted ominous, dark form of magic. Eventually corrupting the usurper and its descendants, as it is passed downward from generation to generation, into something twisted and evil.
The author does a great job in some visual imagery relating to both main characters situations as they are both feeling trapped in their predicaments. The romance was done well and perfect for a YA Fantasy. I enjoyed the political and courtly drama that made for a memorable reading experience.
About the Author:
Jillian is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark’s First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors.
In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home.
She’s still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friends amid the rolling knolls of Middle Tennessee.