by Anne Osterlund
Genre: YA Fantasy / Romance
Ages: 12 and up
Robert Vantauge cannot imagine why anyone would try to kill Princess Aurelia. It has been years since he saw her last, but he still remembers her bright wit and sharp intelligence. When he hears that she is in danger, he goes to the palace immediately. There he finds her amid suitors and schemers, with no idea whatsoever that her life is being threatened. As he struggles to find the assassin, he also struggles with his rapidly growing feelings for his former classmate.
This book has an interesting mixture of genres and styles. It is fantasy, but there is no magic. It is set in a court, but there is more than a hint of the Wild West about it. The characters, major and minor, are well written and believable. I love Aurelia's sarcasm and Robert's ability to stand up to her, the two of them together are fun to read about. This book ends with great promise for a sequel, and that sequel, Exile, is coming out in just a couple of weeks. I can hardly wait to read it!
There is no language in this novel.
I give this a 1.10 in sexuality for mild innuendo and references.
There are several scenes of violence including multiple deaths and attempted murders, so I rate it a 5.10.