In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
Fantasy books are usually never associated with the word approachable. However, The Kiss of Deception turned the stereotypical fantasy story on its' head with an obvious setting with princesses and kingdoms but the author did a remarkable job stylizing it to be accessible to even the most casual of fantasy readers. This story is about a princess named Lia that takes control of her own destiny, the Prince that the she ran from and the assassin sent to kill her to start a war. She may not know the deception that is happening around her but Lia is determined to meet her own life with her own choices.....though it might get her killed in the process.
The characters in this story were incredibly well written. Lia is sort of the head main character and I loved her spunk and tenacity. The very first chapter she took control of her own life and decided to make a break for it, knowing that multiple people would be searching for her, but she did it anyway. She seemed humble for princess and willing to do the hard work so she could rebuild a life she wanted. Add to that the fact that she didn't do it alone and trusted her handmaiden is something you don't often see in characters. That vulnerability could doom a character in the long run but Lia had someone she knew she could trust and a work ethic that royalty normally doesn't bolster.
The story is told not just in Lia's POV, however, and the writing made the transitions between narration seamless. Each had their own voice but also never got in the way of the story nor each others, which could be a problem in a fantasy story that already needs to build the world around said characters. The most important thing throughout the story was the subtlety in which parts of the story were introduced or talked about. There was hint of magic existing in this world, there was a sense of feelings being developed between characters and a looming presence of conflict still to be seen but none of it was told out right to the reader. That was a very clever way of telling a story but not revealing where everyone is heading and why, so I am very much looking forward to where these characters are heading. For a series start this was as successful as you could ask for and characters that I long for when I read fantasy. - My Opinion- **** 4 Stars!