Becoming the Chateran by SJ Aisling – Review
When Princess Rhea’s actions inadvertently condemn two innocent knights to death, she wakes to the hard reality that not even nobility is above the law. All her attempts to remedy the situation only complicate it, however, until she finds herself a fugitive in her own kingdom, having dragged her best friend into the trouble, as well. Their only hope for pardon? To accompany Sir Paladin and Sir Zephen in their sentence:
Slay, or be slain by, the Dragons of Sama-Ael-Fen.
Travelling incognito, they meet with more malicious Phoenixes than could be coincidental, discover the mysterious disappearance of numerous citizens, and come face to face with a reawakened evil power. With the kingdom oblivious to the connection of these dangers, it’s up to Rhea and her outlaw companions to stop the rising threat and redeem their names – if they can survive their quest.
If you’re in the mood for an epic quest, full of treachery, dragons, travels and magic, this is definitely the book for you. It’s been a long whole since I have found an epic that I enjoy enough to finish, but I managed this mammoth book in 3 days. What a ride!
The only thing I hated about this book is that, although Rhea is a strong girl, she’s just not a strong enough figure for me. Instead of getting a sword and kicking dragon butt, she hides behind Paladin. Seriously? One would think in this era, you could expect a princess who runs away from home, to embrace the pants and plainness that makes her happy, instead of returning to court. Or, once she’s there, she could at least stand up for herself! Frustration.
All that aside, Becoming the Chateran is definitely one of the better books I have read lately.
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