Friday, May 25, 2018
No Longer Hidden by M. C. Aquila
Linnea is a Swedish princess who is reluctantly settled into her role as the middle child: never as influential as the eldest and never as beloved as the youngest. With her fiancé missing in action for nearly a decade, her future is uncertain. But when the Norwegian king curses her younger sister, the fate of Sweden itself is at risk. As war breaks out, Linnea goes on a quest to meet the king and strike a deal that will save the lives of her family and her people — even if it means using her own life as a bargaining chip.
But quests rarely go as planned, especially as she uncovers the secrets of Norway's royal family and the hidden purpose of the war…
This loose retelling of the classic fairy tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" takes place near the end of the Viking Age when the old, fierce gods of myth and the new, omnipotent Christian God were both considered equally true and real.
I love fairytale retellings! Every time i receive review requests that say the book is a retelling I get super excited. If the story is done well, it doesn't get much better than a clever retelling.
With that being said, I had actually never heard of East of the Sun and West of the Moon ,the original fairytale (or folk tale), that No Longer Hidden is based off of. That makes it a bit impossible for me to review this book based on a comparison to the original story.
I did, however, enjoy this book. It wasn't the best or most exciting book I have ever read but it was still enjoyable. Now, it was a bit slow for my taste. Especially being that it isn't even a long book! Typically with books this short the storyline moves at a quicker pace.
So, all in all, this wasn't my favorite book ever but it was still pretty good. Thanks to you, M. C. Aquila, for sending this book my way!
*Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.