It shall be the son, the firstborn in the new monarchy, who shall quiet the fears and unite the nation again.
For eighteen years, Sarah lived in happy ignorance of who she really was: the firstborn of the king and queen of Kyrnidanthe lost princess. The mark on her shoulder, the brand of the royal family, is irrefutablebut how is she to take on a persona that feels like a façade? Desperate to understand her new identity and with the support of her betrothed, Sarah undertakes a journey of self-discovery that will change the fate of a nation . . .
Reunited with her royal family, Sarah is thrust into the midst of the discord of the people of Kyrnidan. Her return intensifies darker undertones, and voices of dissention whisper what Sarah already fears: she should have stayed away. Her arrival disrupts the long-held prophecy of the firstborn son of the crown, a leader who will reunite the broken nation. As Sarah is drawn deeper into the affairs of Kyrnidan, she is propelled into a plot that threatens her life and the welfare of the entire kingdom. As the danger escalates, Sarah is torn by the feelings she holds for two very different men. Now she must leave behind her fears and step forward to meet her destiny . . .
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3.5 stars Bonds of Loyalty continued to intrigue me with its political unrest, feel of danger, and light romance. I was a little worried about Sarah and if she would stay loyal to Alex as there is a second love interest introduced. I was also unsure if Luther's loyalties were where they should be and if his motives were true. It was easy to see where there could be plots and conspiracies behind several of the characters actions, which meant not knowing who Sarah could actually trust. There was a lot going on in this story. You have a daughter and princess, Sarah, who is reunited with her parents and country of birth who has never known either in her eighteen years. You have a loving brother, heir to the throne even though he is not the firstborn. You have a prince left back in another kingdom, the kingdom she had called her own her whole life, waiting to be able to wed Sarah, and a guard who is also vying for her affections. You have jealous and power-seeking ladies and lords of both courts. Then you have individuals who want to harm Sarah and even these kingdoms. It was interesting to see it all play out, to see how Sarah would handle it all, and to find out what choices she would make. I continued to like all these characters. I did want Sarah to more fully step into her role and act like the princess she was, but I could also see the difficulty of her position. There was just quite a bit of drama. I thought Luther was fun and protective and sweet at parts, but I wanted Sarah to stay loyal to Alex and to let him back into her heart. I'm not a huge fan of love triangles, so that wasn't my favorite part of the story, but I could see how it drove the plot. Overall, Bonds of Loyalty was another enjoyable book from this series. I enjoyed this one more, in some ways, than the first book. The pacing was better for me and I didn't feel that the story slowed down as much and was more consistent in some ways. If you enjoyed the first book, Mark of Royalty, or historical romance then I would recommend this series. I'm looking forward to reading more from these authors! Content: Clean Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Covenant Communications, for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.
In Mark of Royalty we learn that Sarah was born first and given the royal birthmark.... But since she was a girl and had a twin brother follow her she was sent away... For the prophecy said "It shall be the son, the firstborn in the new monarchy, who shall quiet the fears and unite the nation again." Sarah grew and learned of her true identity...and fell in love with the prince NOW...as the story continues... Sarah must prove herself worthy of marrying the prince. To do so "she must return to her home country of Kyrnidan to face her destiny." What she wasn't planning on is the upheaval of the people and the opposition of the council against her return. While some want her to take the throne away from her brother, other plans are being laid to kill her. When Sarah's bodyguard suggests that she run away with him and leave the life of royalty and her waiting prince...she is definitely tempted... Two men, a divided nation, and one prophecy Sarah "must now determine where her love and loyalties truly lie." Which way would you choose? AN AMAZING STORY! LOVE and BATTLES and a "JOURNEY of SELF-DISCOVERY" I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!