I recently had the privilege of reading an Advance Reader’s Copy of Audrey Coulthurst’s upcoming YA novel, Of Fire and Stars. And wow, was I ever blown away by this book!
Here’s what Audrey’s website says about Of Fire and Stars:
Two princesses fall in love with the wrong people—each other.
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 before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), 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 work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. 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.
So, I usually much prefer contemporary YA, but every now and then I enjoy a good fantasy, and this is a GREAT fantasy. Of Fire and Stars sunk its teeth into me and didn’t let me go! Part forbidden love story, part intense and suspenseful mystery, Of Fire and Stars is definitely one you’ll want to add to your wish list! It’s got just about everything you could ask for—castles, magic, horses, princesses, romance, action! I absolutely loved this book. It’s definitely one that I’ll be revisiting again! Mare and Denna’s story will have you feeling like you’re right there with them, and you’ll be cheering them on from start to finish, and beyond!
Plus, as Audrey told me via Twitter, if enough people buy Of Fire and Stars, there just might be a sequel!
Of Fire and Stars releases November 22nd. You can pre-order it now from Indigo by clicking here.
Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review. I am an Indigo employee.