I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Shadow Princess by Sawyer Bennett
on June 7, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary, Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal, Fiction / Fantasy / Romance
Format: ARC, eBook
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Living an idyllic life in Wyoming, Thalia Clairmont is completely unaware that her world is about to be turned upside down. Step into the next dimension with The Shadow Princess, the newest story in The Chronicles of the Stone Veil series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett.
My name is Thalia Clairmont and I am heir to the throne of Vyronas. A title that was unknown to me after the love of my life, Bastien Dunne, had me stripped of my memories and sent me through the veil into another dimension. He maintains it was for my protection after my parents were killed and our kingdom was overthrown, but I see it as a betrayal.
Overwhelmed by my feelings of both love and anger for Bastien, I quickly understand that things aren’t what they once were. Vyronas is at war and an evil sorceress has claimed my throne by casting her blood magic to subjugate my people. With my memories returned, I realize Bastien isn’t the man I once loved and has instead become a distant, hardened warrior whose heart is as cold as ice.
My magic alone cannot defeat the blood sorcery, so I delve into the deepest shadows to find a way to regain control of my kingdom. Can I defeat evil without succumbing to the darkness? And will Bastien and I be able to reclaim the love we once shared? I am the Shadow Princess and it’s time for me to reclaim my throne.
The Shadow Princess is a standalone second chance romance with a fantastical flourish within The Chronicles of the Stone Veil series.
This second chance romance is a mystical journey into a world where nothing is black and white. Gods reign, power is coveted, treachery abounds, and good and evil wage a daily battle. ~ Leigh
Getting a chance to revisit the world of Vyronas, with its light and dark magic and inhabitants, was an unexpected treat. Although the sixth book in the series, this story can certainly be read as a stand-alone as anything needed to enjoy this romance is given to the reader as they go. You do miss the richness of the background and the history of side characters if you have not read the prior books, but it still is a mystical journey into a world where nothing is black and white. Gods reign, power is coveted, treachery abounds, and good and evil wage a daily battle.
This installment brings us the story of Bastien and Thalia, the commandant of the Clairmont army and the exiled princess. As the heir to the throne, for her own safety Thalia Clairmont is banished to the First Dimension, sent to live in Wyoming with no knowledge of her past. But as a battle wages on in her home dimension, the time comes when she must return to claim her rightful place on the throne. She is collected by her former lover, Bastien Dunne, the man entrusted with protecting her, but also the man responsible for her banishment. As a manner of keeping her safe, Bastien strengthened the magic by infusing it with all of his love for the princess, removing it once and for all from his heart, and transferring it to the spell to keep her secure. However, now that he has come to take her back to Vyronas, Bastien feels a sense of duty towards Thalia, but the love that once sustained him is gone.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story because it had such wonderful characters that I couldn’t help but care for them. Thalia was strong and resourceful, and Bastien was the stern protector. They started as lovers but after the memories and feelings were removed, they were given a second chance to see if that love was real, to see if it would grow again. I loved watching these two remember what it was about the other that they fell in love with in the first place, and getting another opportunity to learn to love the person that their soul was always meant to adore.
With battles and romance and a cast of characters I loved, everything became so real, despite the magic and fanciful universe. This was a fast paced story where I could not put down my kindle, a real treat as I didn’t know another story was being made in this universe, and a teaser to what may come with future characters. I am invested in these gods and monsters and everything in between and am in awe of the world that was created.