Of Fire and Stars
“Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.”
Despite taking me three months to read, this story was fantastic. It was not even that it started off slow, I was just struggling to pick this one up over others. This was a beautiful story that had a very under-represented relationship shine.
My biggest issue with this story is Mare’s relationship with her family. Thandi is a complete ass, and don’t get me started on her father. As a person from a close family I was irritated with this dynamic because I can not relate, but I still enjoyed the book and the way the relationships played out worked well with the story.
The romance between the heroines developed so beautifully, slowly, and naturally, that it felt right. A lot of romances I read end up “I love you” after two days of interaction between the characters, this story defied that and fleshed out the relationship in a natural way.
I really wish this book would have been longer and given me more plot, but I was content with it the way it is. I definitely recommend this book to fantasy and YA readers.
About the Author
“Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. Her debut novel, Of Fire and Stars, was published on November 22, 2016 by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.
Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University, is a member of SCBWI, and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California.”