Dust by Sarah Daltry
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Who makes YOUR choices?
"I was once the type of person who was impressed by starlight; the type of person who would dance beneath glass ceilings and let the world swim in its loveliness. The sky reminds me of the parties we used to throw - parties like the one last night. The memories bring back the trill of harps and endless ripples of satisfied laughter. Now, though, when I try to recall what I felt, all I hear is screaming."
In a world ravaged by war and oppressive forces of evil, a princess must fight to claim her bloodright and save her people.
When the princess, Alondra, falls for the beautiful, blue eyes of a hooded stranger, it awakens in her a taste for freedom and an escape from her duty.
But her parents have other plans; they have a kingdom to protect and Alondra must marry to ensure the peace between nations. Only what happens when your parents choose a cold-hearted assassin as your betrothed?
As lies, illusions, and long hidden vendettas surface, the princess has to confront a very secret history. One that makes her realize that she not only risks losing her liberty, but also everything she has known and loved.
Sarah Daltry has a knack for world building and it shows. Her writing is so rich and descriptive that you find yourself lost for hours before you remember that there's a world outside your front door. I was mesmerized by Alondra from the very first page of Dust, and I have no regrets about it. She is such a thrilling character with so many layers that you'll have to stop yourself from racing through the book to uncover everything about her and the mystery surrounding her.
Dust is an immersive experience that will invite you in and steal you away for hours before I realize it. I cannot rave enough about Sarah Daltry's writing. With Dust under my belt, it has only solidified me as a lifelong fan of the author. You simply cannot go wrong with this one if you're a fantasy fan!
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.