Cheri Chesley enjoys a good story, and hopes to share equally good writing. She currently resides in Waurika, OK with her husband and children. You can visit her website at or follow her blog at learn more about her print novels and e-books.
The Wild Queenby Cheri Chesley
And it's in high demand.
Lucien, the young king of neighboring Demarde, comes to Roweena's father
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Roweena is the crown princess of Norvallen, a tiny kingdom with only one thing of value--the Healer's Grove. The trees in this small section of forest are enchanted, giving a sap that can be mixed into potions or salves to heal almost any wound.
And it's in high demand.
Lucien, the young king of neighboring Demarde, comes to Roweena's father seeking an alliance, but comes away with a marriage contract for young Roweena's hand. Furious and stubborn, this untamed beauty vows he will never conquer her. But the contract purposely gives her time to come to terms with her fate.
Before Lucien can return, Roweena's home is attacked and her parents are murdered. The Healer's Grove is also attacked--burned to the ground. With nothing more than her horse and the clothes on her back, Roweena goes to the only person she knows can help her. Lucien.
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This book is a prequel to The Peasant Queen, which I might recommend you read first (unlike I did). The characters are interesting and it is written well. Reading it on the Kindle app on my phone I noticed a few formatting issues but they were not bad enough to distract much from my reading. To me this book felt more like a collection of scenes and less like a cohesive story. That said; I did enjoy reading it. I liked the characters and was left feeling like I wanted to know more. The ending seems out of place and leaves you with far more questions than you started with. And I warn you - The Peasant Queen does not answer any of them. But it is my understanding that there are more books to come in the series and I am looking forward to learning the answers to all my questions. If you like stories set in medieval, fantasy worlds with a hint of a love story, you will like this book.
I just finished and oh man! I loved it. Never has a story ended like this. My only hope is that Ms. Chesley will be kind and write a sequel-soon! The characters are very personable and the story itself has a feel very much like The Peasant Queen; which I also enjoyed. But,I must admit, I enjoyed The wild Queen more. Its pace was much faster and I found myself submerged in the story from page one. My only complaint was that I kept looking at the page count as I progressed into the story. As I neared it's end, I kept thinking "no!" The story ended too soon for me, but like I said, perhaps there will be a sequel!