Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Review - Shielded (Shielded, #1) by KayLynn Flanders

Title: Shielded (Shielded, #1)
Author: KayLynn Flanders
Pages: 432
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: 21st July 2020

Blurb from Goodreads: 

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It's losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn's--her brother's--magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong--the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it's too late--for her and for her entire kingdom.

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Random House Children's Books and NetGalley*

Princess Jennesara's kingdom of Hálendi is at war and is losing.

Jenna longs to use her skills for fighting on the battlefield, but her father, the king, instead announces that Jenna is betrothed to a neighbouring kingdom's heir in exchange for help in the war.

Jenna has long kept her magic - something that only the first born, Jenna's brother, should have - secret, and will have to continue to do so as she leaves her home and family behind to begin her new life in Turia where she will marry the prince.

But when Jenna's procession is attacked, she manages to escape.

Believed to be dead, Jenna must decide who she can trust as she searches for the truth and a way to save her kingdom.

Shielded is pretty much your average YA fantasy, and while it didn't particularly stand out for me, I did enjoy it.

Jenna was a likeable and relatable protagonist. I liked that she would rather wear trousers than a dress or skirt, and that she knew how to fight and was good at it. I thought Jenna was brave to leave her home to marry someone she'd never met. I liked the relationships she made throughout the book, especially the ones with other girls/young women.

The magic was interesting and I enjoyed reading about it.

The romance was quite sweet at times, but it felt a little rushed to me.

The setting was interesting and I would like to find out more about the different kingdoms.

The plot was intriguing and held my attention, but I wasn't on the edge of my seat. I did guess a few plot twists, but not all of them.

The writing style was easy to follow and I read this quite quickly.

I'm unsure if I will continue with this series or not.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.



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