By Sarah Daltry
Published November 7th, 2014 by Little Bird Publishing
*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.*
"I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw - parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming."
In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people.
When the princess, Alondra, falls for the beautiful, blue eyes of a hooded stranger, it awakens in her a taste for freedom and an escape from her duty.
But her parents have other plans; they have a kingdom to protect and Alondra must marry to ensure the peace between nations. Only what happens when your parents choose a cold-hearted assassin as your betrothed?
As lies, illusions, and long hidden vendettas surface, the princess has to confront a very secret history. One that makes her realize that she not only risks losing her liberty, but also everything she has known and loved.
Reading the synopsis of this book intrigued me and I'll let you know that the actual book is just as intriguing! This wasn't a very long read for me and I was pulled in from the very beginning. The history of these characters is an interesting one as well as the characters themselves.
Dust is told in parts and the readers are able to see different Alondras. What I mean is that Alondra was a definitely different person in her "past" then in her "present." In part one we get to see the Alondra before the war and then we switch to the Alondra after the war. Alondra is a princess but didn't want any of her duties before the war started. She wanted to make her own choices which included wanting the choice to not have to marry Seamus, her betrothed. She comes off as insensitive and naive at the beginning but she grows so much throughout the book. She becomes brave and strong and she does what she feels is right. The other thing that grows is her relationship with Seamus. Seamus is the assassin and that is something that Alondra does not like in the beginning. She doesn't truly understand who he is though and everyone gets to learn more about him as the story goes on. Then we have the blue eyed stranger who is someone that Alronda did not expect. So much can be learned about the characters in the this book as well as their history.
There are different kingdoms involved and there are the stories with them as well. Then there is the big factor in the book which is magic. This book includes betrayal, secrets, lies, love, magic and so much more. There is so much going on in this book and though it can be kind of confusing at times, it really is worth it. If you are into the fantasy genre, then this is definitely for you. If you aren't, then you should check it out anyway!