A secret passageway conceals more than spider webs.
The common belief in two kingdoms is that Serena, the Princess of Delmar, wants slaves. Even her fiancé loses his love for her, in commiseration with the islanders captured in her name. When she discovers his betrayal with Linah, a slave girl, it could be the end for Linah and all the slaves held prisoner in Delmar.
A brokenhearted princess, now the queen, could become a weapon too powerful and deadly for her opponents to survive.
And what will she do about the spies and political intrigue found in Delmar?
Will this new queen use her powers to bring destruction to both kingdoms? To mend the rift between her and her fiancé? Or use it as a reason to become a true and kind monarch to her people?
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Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite In a lovely story targeted towards young adults, Kingdom by the Sea: A Royal Romance by author Anna del C. Dye is a book that readers will have a hard time putting down once they have started reading it. Follow this story of love and betrayal. When Princess Serena requests that her ship captain love enslave an entire island nation, he does so with a heavy heart. He wants to please the princess, but is not so certain of his mission. And when he takes solace in a relationship with a beautiful slave, Princess Serena is both devastated and enraged by his betrayal. The lives of all slaves are now in jeopardy. The princess is ready to force the captain to make good on his promises to her, but with the help of a stable hand, who truly loves the princess, her heart may change. I very much enjoyed Kingdom by the Sea: A Royal Romance. Author Anna del C. Dye has done a great job in creating characters that her readers will be able to connect with and which will intrigue them. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. The story takes place in beautiful settings, and the author's descriptive story telling will make readers feel as if they are actually in the princess's land. Any young adult reader who loves a story with a great romantic story line should definitely give this book a chance. I'm pleased to be able to recommend it, and hope to see more from author Anna del C. Dye in the future!
A Kingdom by the Sea tells the story of Princess Serena and Captain Axel. They are promised to be married even though haven't really seen one another since they were young. While they are apart, they each face problems and find help from another. The strength of their relationship suddenly seems weak. There is intrigue, secrets, and romance, as they each try to do what they believe is right. I liked the way the book showed both Serena's and Axel's point of view. There was a lot of action, and I was guessing what would happen until the end. I also liked the way Serena grew throughout the novel. She realized that if she wanted change to happen, she needed to do something to help it happen. I didn't like how wordy the novel was at times. A few times I had to reread a passage to be sure of what it meant. Overall, it was an interesting read. It's a clean read with no language or sexual situations, making it great for even young teens. I received a copy of this book from Loving the Book in exchange for an honest review.
“The devotion with which he talked about her mother made her feel warm. She wanted to picture her mother the way the priest described her, instead of the way her father had portrayed her.” Royalty is a very dangerous game, even more so with leaders like those of Delmar. With political bias and unrepentant desire for more, it is unfortunate that some leaders do not care about their people as they should. Anna del C Dye presents a wonderful story filled with romance, corruption and betrayal. It is both a captivating and adventurous tale spun around the betrayal of a lover, a father and a kingdom’s rule. When Princess Serena learns about her father’s disloyalty to his kingdom, she is stunned. Her father would never be a pawn to such atrocity, allowing others to dictate how their greed can serve their selfishness. During her earlier years, Serena fell in love with a man—leaving her in a state of cloudiness and ill-informed. This changed her, making her blind toward her surroundings and the corruption before her very eyes. Upon discovering a passageway behind the kingdom’s walls, certain things have become clear—crystal clear. Everything has changed and everyone has changed; Serena’s view has become altered to a degree and her senses of morality have been awakened. After stumbling across that one fateful conversation between her father and his Chancellor, Princess Serena learns of a constant recruitment of slaves upon her unbeknownst request—amongst other horrid things that she can would be held accountable for in the eyes of her people. Without proper knowledge of her reputation until now, she is appalled by her findings. Taking this information seriously, she is placed into a downward spiral of emotional and political turmoil. Can she turn the kingdom around for the safety of her people or will the betrayal become so ingrained into her mind that revenge becomes the answer? Upon learning of Serena’s true nature, her morale and dedication are striking. The consistency with which the author portrays her characters is vastly intriguing. Certain characters have more appeal than others; however, the most difficult ideology to toss around is who to side with. With unpredictable actions and plot twists, it becomes evident that there are two sides to every story. This author does a fantastic job with character development and originality. As this story unfolds, the pace quickens and allows the reader to understand the different aspects of each character’s role within the kingdom. If you are a reader of romance and young adult, this may be something worth looking into. A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.