Bride of the Shadow King by: Sylvia Mercedes

A shunned princess. A reluctant king.

A marriage that could save both their kingdoms . . . but destroy their hearts.

Though she is the oldest daughter, Princess Faraine lives in the background, shunned from court and kept out of sight. Her chronic illness makes her a liability to the crown, and she has learned to give place to her beautiful, favored younger sister in all things.

When the handsome and enigmatic Shadow King comes seeking a bride, Faraine is not surprised that her sister is his choice.

Though not eager to take a human bride, King Vor is willing to do what is necessary for the sake of his people. When he meets the lively Princess Ilsevel, he quickly agrees to a marriage arrangement.

So why can’t he get the haunting eyes of her older sister out of his head?

Passionate and alluring, Bride of the Shadow King is an arranged marriage tale with dual point-of-view (his and hers). The first book in a new fantasy romance series, this sweeping tale of love and betrayal is perfect for readers looking for a touch of spice to go with the sweet in their next swoony, slow-burn romance.

Content Warnings: Sexual scenes, violence, blood/gore, death, murder, sexism, discrimination, and abuse.

Princess Faraine, though the oldest of her sisters, has always been treated badly. Born with the gift, sometimes curse, of being able to feel the emotions of those around her she had a difficult time interacting with others.

King Vor’s kingdom is under threat and the only way forward is by gaining the help of a kingdom that has powerful magic at its disposal. Needing to ensure both kingdoms keep to their deal the only way is through an arranged marriage. So now Vor must travel to a human kingdom and select a bride.

I really enjoyed seeing how the author introduced these two. From the start, they develop feelings for each other and seem to speak to each other’s souls. Within this book, we get political intrigue, manipulation, forbidden love [since he’s meant to marry her sister], and a slow-burn romance.

Disappointed I didn’t realize sooner that the next book isn’t already out, as the ending has you needing to know more. There were a few things that I felt didn’t add up but potentially in book two it will all be smoothed out and make more sense or be found out to be entirely wrong…or so I hope. 😅

Overall I enjoyed this fantasy slow-burn and can’t wait to see what book two will bring us in regards to this couple and these two kingdoms. I especially look forward to finding out more about Faraine’s God’s gift and seeing what all she’s capable of in regards to it.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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