Lydia Galatianti, queen of Galatia, is running for her life—the love of her life, King Richard, slain at the hands of his own mother. Hiding her swollen belly from her escort, her mission is to protect her unborn child, even if that means putting her trust in Serene, a strange and creepy old teller who may have an agenda of her own.
Seventeen years later, Nylina Galatianti, sole heir to the throne of Galatia, is beautiful, strong, and hardheaded, until an accident triggers a life-changing transformation within her. Learning the dark secrets about her bloodline, Nyla must come to terms with the future she now faces.
Who can Nyla confide in—Kaden, her best friend, who wrestles with his own tragic past, or Samuel, the head of the guard who seems to keep Nyla rooted to her humanity?
Her kingdom, Galatia, is on the brink of war with a threatening kingdom, Ridia, now allied with the vicious werewolf, Rothgar. Nyla must fight to control her dark urges when a group of refugees from Ridia offer their help. Are these mysterious newcomers who they seem, and can they be trusted? Can Nyla learn to control herself, or will she reveal Galatia’s greatest secret, harming those she loves in the process?
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Bloodlines by Mariah Hayes is a fantasy with a fascinating setting in the kingdom of Galatia. King Richard is murdered by his own mother, and the queen, Lydia Galatianti, finds herself running for her life. She is determined and desperate to protect the child she carries. Nylina Galatianti becomes the only heir to the kingdom, a seventeen-year-old strong and beautiful girl. But a life-changing experience pushes her to rethink her life, and when her kingdom is threatened by dangerous allies, she must make a choice between her carefree and hardheaded personality and the path to protect her kingdom. Can she tame her dark and dangerous urges or risk betraying the secrets of her kingdom? Suspenseful and fierce, Bloodlines explores themes of family, royalty, and the struggle for a kingdom's survival in a world filled with strife and conflict. It is an imaginative and character-driven story that takes readers into an intriguing world. The author presents interesting characters, opening the story at the genesis of a powerful conflict, a mother taking the life of her own son. Being the sole heir to her kingdom, Nylina becomes a character that readers want to follow, but she faces many challenges, including her urges and carefree character and the need to keep those she loves safe. If the truth about her past is revealed at the wrong time, the life of her people will be in grave danger. The conflict is strong, and it is augmented by Mariah Hayes’ gift for character and plot. This is another beautiful gift for fans of highly imaginative and entertaining fantasy novels.