Author: Melissa McShane
Title: "Pretender to the crown"
Book 1 in series The saga of Willow North
Main character: Willow
I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) long story short... I am absolutely in love with this story... if I could I would start the sequel straight away... and not only because this one ends on a sort of a cliffhanger ;) it's a fantasy story, first one in a series, and like the title suggests, it's the beginning of a saga about Willow :) so yeah, you will have to read the books in order to understand all the connections :) but it's going to be a trilogy, and the rest of the books are going to be published in the upcoming months, so no long wait for us... you will understand why I'm so grateful for that fact once you read this awesome book :) so let me tell you a bit more about the world and our main heroine :)
Like I mentioned before, this is a fantasy story... and it's actually set in the same world as one of Melissa's other series The crown of Tremontane, only some time before the events of said series... but don't worry if you are not caught up with her work, this one works perfectly well as the beginning of your friendship with her stories ;) it may be even better if you haven't read that other series because... well... let's just say that Willow is a very well known person... so since I read the first book in that series I sort-of-a-little-bit know how her story will end... but just one general thing... and let me tell you... I am dying to know how she got from being a thief to... you'll see ;) because yeah, she's a thief... a very skilled one, partially thanks to her inner talent of sensing worked metal... I'm sorry, but that is just such a cool talent... trust me, I am not doing it justice, it's explained and showed much better in the actual book :) but that changes quickly when a man from her past visits her, with a young boy king in tow, as they are both running away from assassins... :) that is when we begin our journey full of adventures :) now that we have it out of the way, let me try to share all of the awesomeness of this book :)
To be honest... I'm not sure where to start :) this story was just sooooo good :) I adored Willow as the main character... she's smart, resourceful and clever... definitely not perfect, but quite a badass :) *sighs happily* I need to know more about her... :) I need to more about a lot of stuff actually :) mainly because the writing style was so phenomenal, and the story so full of surprises I am so invested in it, I need the sequel ASAP in my hands... the best proof? right at the beginning... here I am enjoying the story and how it goes and then BAM! six years time jump in the third chapter... and I was like *whaaaaaaa...?* ;) and then promptly get back to reading... :) this is a novel full of diverse and interesting worlds I can't wait to explore more... these worlds are filled with a variety of entertaining characters... that again, I can't wait to get to know more about... and a lot of them are strong and smart women :) the banter between different characters, the interactions and relationships are so complex... *sighs dreamily* I very highly recommend all of you to give this amazing gem a try, you will not regret it :)