Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme

The Stolen Kingdom
by Jillian Boehme
Genre: YA Fantasy

A bold girl, a kingdom under attack, magic everywhere—I devoured it in one sitting! This book is one wild ride!” —Tamora Pierce on Stormrise

Nothing is quite as it seems in this thrilling YA fantasy adventure by Jillian Boehme, The Stolen Kingdom!

For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of Perin Faye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner's daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne. Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling.
When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.

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My Review:

3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen--

Maralyth wants nothing more than to be part of her father's winery, instead of just given the task of cooking and cleaning up after her father's employees. When she ends up getting kidnapped by a wealthy lord who knows about her forbidden magic and says she is destined for more, Maralyth has no idea what to think. Alac is the leftover, basically useless second son of the king, but he wants nothing to do with the dark magic that is passed through his family. Instead, Alac longs to be able to open his own winery and let his passions out, instead of being confined to the life of a royal. When Maralyth and Alac meet, empires will fall, magic will rule and nothing will ever be the same.

I will say that I did not know that I was picking up a book that was basically a love letter to wine- be it drinking, making, growing, or discussing it. Seriously, both the main characters' whole lives revolved around wine and the kingdom in general focused on having the best wine. It was discussed A LOT, and as someone who occasionally enjoys a cheap out of the box pink wine (and I have no complaints about it), I am no expert and I can confirm that I have zero interest in learning more about the process/quality.

Overall I liked that this was a standalone fantasy that was not crazy long, everything resolved in an acceptable manner and was entertaining in general. There was a romance that ran through the plot as well so all you romance lovers will appreciate that, but overall this was about standing up for your birthright, using magic to benefit society and squashing the currently monarchy. I recommend this for anyone who likes light fantasy with some magic, court intrigue, romance and not having to wait for another book in a series to get answers (which I fully support!).

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Jillian is known to the online writing community as Authoress, hostess of Miss Snark's First Victim, a blog for aspiring authors. In real life, she holds a degree in Music Education, sings with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and homeschools her remaining youngster-at-home. She's still crazy in love with her husband of more than thirty years and is happy to be surrounded by family and friends amid the rolling knolls of Middle Tennessee.

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