Thursday, June 30, 2011

Aurelia by Anne Osterlund

Princess Aurelia of Tyralt has been kept in the dark for the last two months as three attempts have been made on her life. Robert Vantauge left court four years ago with his parents. The son of the former royal spymaster; Robert returns to court to get close to Aurelia (a former classmate of his) and to uncover the plot to end her life. The plot thickens as another attempt is made on Aurelia's life. Can Robert and Aurelia uncover the truth before it is too late?

Osterlund creates a world with mystery and intrigue. The danger is lurking behind every page as the characters struggle to understand what exactly is going on. Aurelia is a strong and independent character. She is witty, sarcastic, and headstrong. It is hard for her to stay out of the middle of things and at first she is not even aware that her life is in danger. She makes for an interesting character as she grows in the story. Robert is her equal when it comes to being headstrong. Both characters are in for an adventure of a lifetime. However Aurelia isn't an ordinary princess who just wants to become queen; there is much more to her than that.

One part mystery, one part fantasy, and one part romance, this book will hook the reader from the very first page. As the mystery deepens readers will be tempted to skip ahead, but I strongly recommend staying the course. This book is perfect for those looking for those looking for a different kind of fairy tale.

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