3 out of 4 stars
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When we have a choice to change our circumstances for the better, we often take it. Most times, however, the best of intentions delivers the worst results. We see this play out in The Stolen Heir by Tayma Tameem.
In this book, we are introduced to a whole new world of magic, mages, kings, and queens. From the ranks of the four kingdoms that make up Krasoria, a group of people (the Madregals) rise to fix the imbalance in the world and end the poverty and suffering of the non-royals. Hope comes in the form of a prophecy, but it leaves them with a difficult decision. As events unfold, the heir is stolen, and the entire kingdom plunges into chaos.
There's no right and wrong anymore. Everyone is pursuing a personal agenda. With betrayal at every turn and evil forces coming into play, the fate of the world lies in the hands of the stolen heir.
This book tells a fascinating and captivating story. There are so many subplots within the main plot and so many twists and turns. The book picks up speed right from the beginning and races on till the end. It is very engaging and keeps the mind busy trying to figure out how it will end. The author puts many creative twists into what seems to be a typical storyline, making it difficult for anyone to put down this book once they start reading.
I was impressed by the author's descriptive writing style. She created an entire continent with several kingdoms, rules, and other components, and she did this in a way that was not contrived or overdone. I found the scenes very realistic and detailed, the dialogue natural, and the characters believable. The story flowed smoothly, and I was carried along. The author had a way of making me feel like I was at the scene with her descriptions of sight, smell, and taste.
My favorite part of this book was the suspense. Even though the main villain was revealed right from the beginning, the author still kept me guessing what his next move would be. Many unusual activities kept me from getting predictive with the story's flow. The suspense reached its height at the end of the book, where it ended abruptly, leaving me with many questions and eagerness to read the second book in the series.
I found a plethora of errors in this book. It did affect my enjoyment of it, and I would recommend another round of professional editing. This was my least favorite aspect of this book. Therefore, I'd rate it 3 out of 4 stars and recommend it to anybody who enjoys fantasy books.
The Stolen Heir
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