Author: KayLynn Flanders
Genre: Fantasy, young adult
Publisher: Delacorte Press, Random House Children’s
Pages: 432 pages
Publication Date: 21st July 2020
My Rating: 4/5
I was so excited to receive an ARC of Shielded and can’t wait to share my review with you all! I loved reading this and definitely need to read the next book in the series.
For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.
The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumours 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 neighbouring 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 rumours 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.
I admit that I was completely drawn in by the cover and went in fairly blind with this book. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
The heroine, Jennesara, was portrayed as a fiercely strong individual. Despite being a member of the royal family, she’s used to hiding her magic and skills from her family and kingdom. Without her magical prowess, she’s also a ferociously skilled fighter and definitely not your stereotypical princess. She isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and she always puts her family first.
The pages just seemed to fly by whilst I was reading this. There seemed to be so much happening and I was far too eager to find out what was going to happen next. I love a fast-paced fantasy and this certainly fit the bill.
The only minor bugbear I have was that the romance aspect of the story seemed too quick. It was more of an instant attraction than love, but it all seemed to happen a bit too quickly for my liking.
The world-building was fantastic and I loved how realistic all of the characters were. I definitely will be continuing to read the series and cannot wait for the sequel to be released!
A huge thank you to Delacorte Press for providing me with an eARC to review. I loved reading this!
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