by Grace Draven

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~The Prince of No Value~

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

~The Noblewoman of No Importance~

Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046515596
Publisher: Grace Draven
Publication date: 01/13/2015
Series: Wraith Kings Series , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 27,862
File size: 339 KB

About the Author

Grace Draven is an author and Louisiana native living in Texas with her husband, three smalls and a big doofus dog. She has lived in Spain, hiked the Teton Mountains, honeymooned in Scotland, ridden in competition rodeo and is the great great granddaughter of a Nicaraguan president. She also hates doing laundry and refuses to iron anything. Grace has loved storytelling since forever. She published her first short story with Amber Quill Press and has since written several other tales. A love of the bad boy in fiction always inspires her.

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Radiance 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Radiance in one sitting and immediately moved on to Master of Crows. The author is very talented at characterization and world building, and I look forward to future installments in this setting. My only regret is that I'll have read through her entire backlist this week.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
Two neighboring kingdoms require a marriage for a political alliance which serves to form a united front against their common enemy. Brishen Kaskem, a Kai prince and second son, is destined for that duty. Ildikdo, niece to the Guari king, suites that role for her people. While they both are accustomed to such alliances, what makes this one very different is that Ildiko is human and the Kai are most definitely not. The difference between night and day takes a whole new meaning in this instance as the Kai are very much a race of night people with their glowing, otherworldly eyes and skin suited for the darkness. Initially, they are repulsed by each other’s physical form because they have both been taught the prejudice of outward appearances as we so often judge others solely by looks rather than the content of their characters. The viper pit of imperial machinations and politics lldiko grew up in prepares her for a life among the Kai royals although Brishen’s mother presents a particularly vile and heinous challenge. No matter her difficult circumstances, lldiko not only survives, but she thrives which is no small thing considering she has to endure not only the strife of court rule, but being surrounded by a whole race who treat her as someone very other. Brishen and Ildiko are surprised to find how much they have in common and quickly build a relationship that shows the true character of both people. Neither one has not let their circumstances nor the evil intentions of others blacken their hearts. Ilidko has guarded that heart for a long time never expecting to give it to anyone especially a man who seems so unlike herself. Brishen is equally astonished, finding this brave young woman’s courage and valiant spirit far outweighs their physical differences. No one is more beautiful than when seen through the eyes of love. While love can transcend all obstacles, they must sometimes travel a dark and dangerous road as well as battle the enemy still at work to overcome their lands and people. Ms. Draven’s story and world building is rather exceptional and compelling. This captivating couple ran me through the quite the emotional ringer. All the elements that makes a good fantasy story will be found right here while giving the reader some essential truths and thought provoking realities to ponder. As all good literature does, this story can be equally a window to new worlds and a mirror to our own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters. Great romance. Great writing. Found a new top ten author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having discovered Grace Draven and her amazing talent of weaving tales , I am never disappointed in her imagination and ability to put thoughts to paper. Deep, intriguing characters and we'll developed story lines are truly a pleasure to read which you don't want to end. Enjoy!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story and charcters engage the readers interest from beginning to end. Loved this book and series so much bought all her books. I have enjoyed every book and novella. I am looking forward to the next one The Undying King.i
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story. Funny and full of character. I loved how the two, seemingly, different heroes fell for each other over time. Great plot. Wanted more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for book 2! Best couple ever.
Mikky 24 days ago
I picked this book up on a whim and I was happily surprised by how much it captured my attention! Pure and unadulterated fantasy isn't a genre I usually pick up. I find it fascinating but I usually have a hard time getting into it fully. Even though that was also the case with this story, the writing pulled me in to a degree that obligated me to finish it! Both main characters were so well written and interesting to get to know. They come from different cultures but find that they have humor in common which become the launchpad for how their relationship eventually evolves throughout the story. The secondary characters were also very present with very big personalities and complex troubles of their own. With fantasy, I usually like to have some sort of map of the land the characters are in. I kind of missed that in this novel. Everyone spoke of these far off lands with very different and convoluted names which I couldn't commit to memory and found myself second-guessing how to pronounce every time they came up. I've said it before and I'll say it again: The writing was so good! There was something about it that sunk its teeth into me and didn't let go. The ending for what happened to Brishen was heartbreaking. I was fully anticipating a cliffhanger and I'm glad it never came to pass. The epilogue kicked things into high gear for the second novel of this series. I'm intrigued enough that I'll probably give the next book a chance. My Favorite Quotes: "Blood ties do not always make a family." "Loneliness is an empty void. We look for that friend in the light."
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kahea46 More than 1 year ago
***5 ‘Only When You Stop Destroying Me’ Stars*** Had I not seen another #bookblogger pimping out this book on IG, I probably wouldn’t have ever known it existed since my PNR/Fantasy reading has lessened in recent years, but something about the cover peaked my curiosity and had me sending a sample of it to the Kindle. Well, needless to say I was hooked after the first chapter, bought it immediately and absolutely loved every word of it. The world, the characters and the slow burn romance between Brishen and Ildiko were everything and as much as I wanted to devour the words, I didn’t because savoring them was so much more satisfying. I adored Brishen and Ildiko. From the moment I met them, I knew I’d love them because they were just so relatable in how they viewed life and the situation they found themselves in. The optimistic hope coupled with a strong dose of tactful snark made them both so much fun to get to know. And as for their journey to their HEA. It was a true slow burn romance, but it totally worked for me because they were so different in so many ways that they needed the time to adjust to them, so they could truly see beyond them and I loved how every situation they found themselves in brought them closer together and showed them, that despite their obvious differences, they were perfect for each other. As I said in the beginning, the chances of me ever having this book on my radar had it not been for #boundbybooks on IG, were slim to none. It’s the honest truth with what I’ve been reading currently and just the amount of books there are out there it’s not hard to believe. But I’m damn glad that it was brought to my attention because everything from the world building to the various characters was very well done and I found it all absolutely fascinating. Anhuset is my favorite of the secondary characters. She is kind of everything. And as for the storyline, it was well thought out and executed and I’m really looking forward to diving into the next book to see how Brishen and Ildiko fare with what’s coming at them after the way this book ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story!!! Couldn't pit it down
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
This has everything, not only a wonderful world but a great love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ran across this book in an blog post for "The Portalist." I had never heard of this author before, but have now purchased several of her books. The two main characters are so different from each other, at least in appearance, but both are persons of great integrity. The path of their relationship is an enjoyable journey. While they work within the story, the sexual encounter descriptions were unexpected and a bit TMI. Maybe I'm just old. I wouldn't recommend this book for YA readers due to this. Lovely story, though.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: 4.5 Stars sweetly captivating, deeply moving, simply radiant I admit it could have used another round of edits, mostly to catch typos, but wow, I fell in love with the slow-burn romance of this story! It's not the most polished book or the most complex, it's a simple fantasy in many ways but something about the love that grows between Brishen and Ildiko stole away the hours and kept me captivated. It was simple and so beautiful. RADIANCE walks step by step as a prince of the night marries a human of the sun and they find their way through merging worlds becoming acquainted with each other’s strangeness, growing in a deeper friendship, and finding themselves stunned by a love they never thought possible. Slow-burning, surprisingly lovely, and simply radiant, this fantasy romance is an underdog that holds its own in a world saturated by the quick and demanding. **Read my FULL review on my Wordpress site: Pooled Ink
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I have seen this title pop up on my feed for a while now and finally, when the audiobook went on sale I snagged it.  I am so glad I did.  The story of Ildiko and Brishen is one that truly melts the heart.  It shows that love, true love is based on deeper things, like friendship, and respect, not attraction.  Radiance is a truly magical story of love.   When these two get together they each think the other is hideous, yet as time goes by, the love grows and the inner beauty shines through and they each find the other beautiful.   I really loved this story and have already purchased book two and I am going to start it immediately. 
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Quick, lighthearted, and endearin. A great friendship leads to a great love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't often do a five star rating but this book has it coming. I was hooked by page 12. I know cause I made it a point to check at the time. I laughed out loud and cried. Talk about a sucker punch visit at the end of the book too. I loved the philosophy of the main characters and the queen was hands down repugnant. The pie scene and the subsequent jokes were hysterical. Thank you for this book and I am so waiting for Eidilon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sharply imagined varient of beauty and the beast combined with friendship to lovers, this book rocks! Cannot wait for the sequel.