Sixteen years ago, Emariya narrowly escaped dying on their cold estate floor beside her mother. Now, after learning her father has been captured, Emariya makes the desperate decision to follow in her mother's ill-fated footsteps and journey to marry the prince of a rival land, Torian Ahlen. But when Emariya discovers the secrets of the three families and an ominous prophecy warning the three bloodlines must never be combined, she begins to fear the handsome prince waiting for her may desire more than to steal her heart.
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I didn't put too much expectations into this book when I started reading. So I dove in blind expecting a typical paranormal romance with minimum world building. Oh, I was wrong. Way wrong. Emariya Warren is daughter of the Lord of Warren's Rest. Her father was the head of the council that rules Eltar - one of the three ruling kingdoms - before he went missing. Now, Emariya lives a normal life with her brother, Reed. But suddenly, everything comes crashing down when she is informed that her father is still alive and imprisoned in Sheas - one of the three ruling kingdoms- The only way Emariya can save him is by accepting Prince Torian Ahlen's hand in marriage, and travelling to Thalmas -one of the three ruling kingdoms- to be his wife and the kingdom's princess. But, as Emariya gets to know; the road to Thalmas is not an easy one. And everywhere she goes, the more about her past, present, and future, she learns. Why has Sheas imprisoned her father? Why has Torian requested her hand when no one even knew that Lord Waren had children? Will Emariya ever reach the Ahlen Castle? And will she ever come to love Prince Torian? Find out much more when you read this action-packed, enchanting tale, Cornerstone... I LOVED many aspects in the books. The first is the author's writing style. She is very... I can't find the right word ... philosophical, maybe that is it. I loved how she twists and turned the words into meaningful sentences. “I think you owe it to them to consider the possible, as well as the definite. Should you not prepare for a storm because it is only a possibility? Should you not fear a man wielding a sword, because it is only possible that he will strike true? As leaders, it is our obligation to prepare for possibilities.” I also loved the way the characters spoke. It was, at times, old-fashioned. But I LOVED it. Just like the quote above. Second, I LOVED the world building. I could vividly imagine every part of the magical world. Emariya experienced the new landscape and we did, too. I could almost feel the breeze and see the mountains with the raging waterfalls. Lovely, indeed. Third, I LOVED the characters. Emariya is a friendly, but stubborn girl. Even when she is weak, she would never ask anyone for help. Which I loved about her. Although there is a love triangle, it was sweet and believable. Garith and Torian both captured my heart, and I don't think I can choose a side, yet. There was one "little" thing that I didn't like about this book. It was the connection-at-first-sight between Emariya and Torian. Which was a little unbelievable. Loved the development between them, though. This book is full of unexpected twists and turns, that will leave you breathless. I loved it. A very promising debut. Definitely one of my favorite reads this year. If you want an exhilarating, romantic story then this is the one! I cannot wait for the sequel, Second Stone. Favorite quotes: "Here, the flat spacious plain met the rocky, barren mountains in a perpetual battle that the plains were fated to always lose." “ Blood and Stones as one brings darkest night.” (you wouldn't know the meaning of this if you haven't read the novel) "Perhaps fear stemmed from the unknown. The agony was in the need to make a choice. Weighing the options, trying to predict the outcome. Once a choice was made, all that was left was to see it through."
Cornerstone by Kelly Walker is a very good read. There are a lot of characters, so it starts off a bit slowly. Once it picks up on the story line, it twists and turns its way to a terrific conclusions. I received most of the answers, now I just need more story. Moving on to book 2.
Rating: * * * * 1/2 Emariya Warren is a girl who has lost her mother and isn’t willing to lose her father too. When she is told that the enemy has her father she finds that she will do anything to get him back. When she learns that a prince has asked for her hand in exchange for the manpower to get her father back, she goes to take his hand in marriage. Along the way she learns that she has a strong magical power, and many people resent her for it. Many challenges come her way and she will have to be brave enough to face and beat them. To me, Emariya was a wonderful character because of her hidden strength and courage. The story is told from her point of view and I believe that this makes the story that much more enchanting and believable. I liked that characteristics the author gave her and how she characterizes her throughout the story with the use of emotions. I liked how genuine the author made Emariya and how she wasn’t false in her emotions and towards other people. I also loved all the other characters that were involved in the story. I thought that the author used them to the best they could be and it turned out wonderful. I loved the drama and emotions they added to the book. They made the story more realistic and future readers will fall in love with them. I fell in love with the plot the further I got through the book. I was dragged into the setting and story line until I couldn’t put the book down. Everything about this story is enchanting and makes me want to read and re-read. Anyone can enjoy the plot of this book and many people will become sucked into the drama. I can’t wait to read more books by this author and publisher. I hope to see some side stories that will add to the series.