Book Description (via Goodreads): Strength, humility, speed, mirth and wisdom are perfectly balanced in the kingdom of Fraun where council leaders make decisions in the best interest of all Fraunians. Meanwhile, young Princess Eselda is being groomed to eventually take the throne of Enchenda. But as her reign draws closer and long-held secrets are revealed, she realises that her title comes with challenges she never imagined. After Eselda hears the council has been withholding valuable information about age markers that only affect those born of royal blood, she is horrified to learn that she will soon become malicious, power hungry, and lustful. As she struggled to accept her destiny, Eselda is overwhelmed with fear. Still, she must face her future, one way or the other. There are rulers who will kill to keep those secrets hidden; and rulers who will kill to change the council. What kind of ruler will Eselda be? In this fantasy tale,- young princess must overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges as she prepares to take the throne of a kingdom in turmoil.
I received Breaking Eselda by Tabatha Shipley in exchange for an honest review. I have given this book four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I thoroughly enjoyed learning and exploring throughout the five realms that make up the kingdom of Fraun. I thought this book was unique to the fantasy genre and left me wanting to read the next instalment (which I hope is being published) immediately!
Development of characters is always a huge deal for me as I like to be able to connect and feel emotions towards the characters who I am reading about, and this book did exactly that. The main character, Princess Eselda, was by far my favourite character. She is a well-built protagonist who I found to be admirable for the selfless acts she brings to others in the village of Enchenda, the realm she resides in. I really liked how Shipley developed other characters well too, as you were able to learn about their history, family history and individual personalities.
In some of the chapters you get to read from another characters point of view which I really liked as it changed your thought process for a little while, as you’re looking in on someone else’s thoughts and trying to figure out which character it is you’re reading from.
The minimal downside to Breaking Eselda for me, was that there were a few grammatical and spelling errors I came across. I never thought the story was dragging on, however there were a couple of chapters around the start which made me question if the story was going to pick up, which it then did, exceptionally well!
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it to any fans of young adult fantasy and suspense stories. I am both anxious and excited to continue the adventures in the kingdom of Fraun and hope to visit this world again soon, especially as I need the questions I have swirling around my mind answered!
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