Orphan’s Blade by Aubrie Dionne is a fantasy that kept me thoroughly engaged. Apparently, this is the sequel to Ministrel’s Serenade, though it can be read as a standalone book. While at times I felt the book moved too abruptly from one point to another, there is something to be said for not having too much ‘fluff’ in a story.
Princess Valoria is motivated by a strong sense of duty to her kingdom and in order to unite her kingdom and honor her father’s wishes, she must marry the Prince of Ebonvale to secure a union between Ebonvale and the House of Song.
When Valoria meets Braxten she is anything but attracted. In fact, she is merely resigned to her fate, not wanting to disappoint her father. Valoria is a minstrel, one of the strongest, but to Prince Braxten, she may as well be a helpless babe. Braxten regards anything but military prowess with derision and for Valoria, being married to Braxten would be a fate worse than death. His adopted brother Nathaniel on the other hand is another matter.
What follows is the story of Valoria’s fight to save Ebonvale as well as herself from a dark evil that is on the land. With an undead army ready to attack, Valoria, Braxten, and Nathaniel must save the kingdom. But in the process of saving the kingdom, will they lose themselves?
While this book has a predictable romance, it was a good, fast read. My only frustration was I did not feel the characters were developed enough. Braxten had so many twists and turns to his personality that it was hard to keep up. If anything, I would like to have seen more of Braxten, why did he end their engagement? Does he love another?
I am giving this book 4/5 harps. For a good story that makes me interested for more.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.