Princess Aurelia’s life is turned upside down when the kingdom she thought she saved turns to ruin, a loved one is tragically killed in a shipwreck, and her home country refuses to respect her brother’s legitimate claim to the throne. With no place left to call her own, Aurelia returns to Greythorne Manor—her best friend’s family mansion—only to get swept up in a coup d’état on the night of her brother’s coronation.
With everyone turned against her and enemies closing in on all sides, Aurelia has nothing left to lose in a mad fight to protect the only people she has left—her family. But in her darkest moments when all seems grim, will Aurelia find a spark of hope from a love she thought long lost?
I shook my head, then continued, “I don’t know, truly, if mercy is a weakness. What I do know is that it is a trait that Zan and I do not share.”
Aurelia is brilliant in this installment. She’s strong, manipulative, selfless, and above all absolutely cunning. I adored her journey and how everything did not just fall into place but she made sure it did. Another character that really intrigued me was Castillion. I wish we got to see more of him and his story. Maybe in future a book?
I did think this series might be a love triangle, but I believe the author made it very clear in this installment that is most certainly one-sided. So if you’re a love-triangle hater… don’t worry! Ha!
Another thing about Greythorne is how dark parts of it got. Parts of this book are downright devastating. It definitely was no where near a light-hearted YA story and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I do have to admit on the other side, it took me a while to get through this book though. For some reason I just could not connect to the first half of the book. However, once it got going… it really got going.
Definitely a fabulous continuation of a turbulent series.