As a seventeen-year-old ruler chafing under the obligations of her bloodline, Princess Amethysta Serelle finds the royal life anything but enchanting.
She finds herself forever torn between duty and desire-desperately craving freedom, yet bound by the burden of her bloodline. With the realm of Vataenya divided by intolerance, and stained by a veiled and violent past, none take kindly to those who are different. For Amethysta's sake, her mother must conceal her daughter's mystifying secret from all-including from Amethysta herself.
Once driven to her wit's end, Amethysta sets out on an unrelenting search for answers that will leave her teetering on the very edge of anguish and strife. With each harrowing turn, Amethysta encounters devastating loss, uncovers the mortifying unknown, and comes face to face with the calamitous heartache that awaits her.
Desire and duty battle on, further complicated by strange occurrences happening to Amethysta's body. She struggles for control as her once unquestioned reality is obliterated.
Will she discover the truth, in her heart and hands, before it's too late?
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Throne of Lies is about seventeen year old Princess Amethysta Serelle, heir to the throne of Northwind, and possibly one of the most stubborn princesses out there. In the months leading up to her forced arranged marriage, she is met with even more struggle as she learns of her secret magic abilities; while also showing us what it was or might have been like growing up as a princess in a medieval kingdom. The appearance of romance is a very real and constant theme in this story. The approach it takes follows similar methods that fantasy romance is often portrayed with. I was very impressed with the amount of character development that progressed throughout the novel. Even characters that could have just as easily kept to a specific mindset ended up in a direction that was gratifying. Being told from a first person perspective was a pretty bold move. It was able to tell the story in a very detailed and emotional way. We learn of Amethysta's most personal thoughts. Most of us can understand and relate with the indignation she felt from those around that sought to control her everyday life. This perspective helped the story flow rather well and was kept a pace that never deterred me from reading. There were a few moments where I was caught off guard; making me turn a few pages back to figure out if I had missed something. It took a minute to contemplate, but eventually understanding the direction the author was taking. Now there is cliché present, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. A certain amount of cliché can give us that familiar feel while also introducing new elements that make it feel and sound original. I believe the author did this quite well in fact. While we see some familiar elements, we also are shown original concepts that sprout theories and sent my mind in directions I hadn't expected. With most things there are flaws, but nothing that should condemn the story. To expect perfection will only leave you disappointed. Seeing as this book was self published it could have ended up much worse had the author not put so much of her effort in. Overall this wasn't just a story of magic, kings, and castles; it is a story of development, perseverance, and of course love. The world that the author has forged has so much to expand into with the next two books. This story was definitely a stretch from what I am used to, and it certainly isn't for everyone. I do suggest giving the book a chance even if you're a bit unsure. I went into this story with a certain mindset of qualities that I felt make up a good fantasy story, and it didn't take long for those qualities to become present. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this story, and I can't wait for book two. Needless to say author Sara Secora's talent was blatantly apparent, and I believe she will go the distance.