I adored Of Fire and Stars.
From the first page to the last I was utterly captivated by the world, the characters and the story. Might I add perhaps one of the best and most satisfying slow burn enemies to lovers relationships I've ever read.
Denna has always known what lay in her future, to marry the Prince of the neighbouring kingdom to secure an alliance. What she didn't anticipate was having to put up with his hot-headed and ill-tempered sister, Mare, who has to teach her to ride horses. When the King, the father of her betrothed, is assassinated Denna and Mare end up investigating together just who is behind it and what their intentions are. Oh and btw, Denna has a fire affinity and is now in a country that abhors magic... IT IS A LOT.
I truly appreciated how intelligent Denna is and how much Mare values it as one of, if not her best trait. In contrast, Thandilimon only saw her as a necessary means to the future. He frequently underestimated her but when she did suggest anything would claim her ideas as his own. He grated on me throughout the book but I did grow to like him a little more. Then Mare was fantastic. Think Merida from Brave but with more swearing and a lot more promiscuity. She was a fantastic character that initially wasn't wholly likeable. She was brash, impatient and rude but you still grew to love her anyway.
The political manoeuvring throughout this was so clever. There were that many twists and turns that I was so shocked when the 'villain' of the story was revealed. I'm also super intrigued to see where the sequel is going to go too.
Also, excitingly, this is an own voice LGBTQ book in which who you love is never an issue regarding gender. The problem Mare and Denna face as a couple is that Denna is already betrothed to Mare's brother. That's the only reason their relationship is frowned upon. Such a clever concept to weave into a fantasy novel.
A new favourite series, author, characters, everything.
Name: Of Fire and Stars
Author(s): Audrey Coulthurst
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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