In a world where the corrupt church hides the truth about magic, the fate of the joined kingdom falls on the shoulders of two young people from opposite ends of the social hierarchy.
Crown Princess Samantha’s life begins to fall apart when she starts seeing strange colors around her potential suitors. She fears that she’s going insane–or worse that she’s defying the Goddess’s will. Robrek is a lowly farm boy with incredible magical powers. He has been biding his time waiting to get revenge on those who call him a demon.
Thrown together by chance, they must overcome their differences to fight their common enemy Duke Argblutal, who, with dark magic, is slowly poisoning the king’s mind and turning him against his own daughter. Time is running out for those chosen by the Goddess to prevent the power mad duke from usurping the throne and plunging the joined kingdoms into civil war.
The Goddess’s Choice is a kind of love-hate book. Overall I really liked the story about how the simple farm boy Robrek meets Milady Samantha by chance, without realizing she is the princess. The total evolving of both characters: Robrek growing from believing he is some kind of demon into the powerful amihealer he really is and Samantha, who is realizing her fathers reign will end soon and she will have to take over the crown.
The hate-part is that Jamie Marchant takes her time to describe all the events that lead up to the character building. Some days I just needed to read another book in between, because the snail pace was driving me nuts.
But I kept coming back, because I really wanted to know about Robrek’s mysterious horses (Brazen and Fancy Man) and whether he and Samantha would meet again or not. And of course I was hoping that duke Argblutal would get powerful enough to force Samantha’s father, the King, from his throne. So, in all, a wonderful story, if you are patient enough to get through the slow parts. But the reward is there. Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
Publisher: Bewitching Fables Press
Published: April 2017
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥