Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Book Review: The Forest's Heir by Ley Hayley

The Forest’s Heir (Elemental Royals Trilogy)
By Ley Hayley
Publisher: Ley Hayley
Published: Aug. 13, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

Seventeen year old Rosalind Rowan was born a princess, the apple of her father’s eye. She loves the thick forests and lush meadows of the Forested Land. She is sometimes selfish and reckless, but she is also kind and loves fearlessly. Rosalind—who is known to everyone but the Queen as Rose—is desperately in love with Gavin Ashford, the dashing and intriguing son of an important lord. She wants nothing more than to marry Gavin and live in a country manor, far away from court. Because once her older sister marries, Rosalind must take up the position of Regent of the Forested Land. 

But things aren't always simple. When Rosalind uncovers abilities she should never have and sickness tears 
through the kingdom, the ordered world Rosalind thought she knew threatens to crash around her.

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My Thoughts:

Life is moving along almost perfectly for Princess Rosalind Rowan. She’ll be married in a few months to the love of her life and then installed when the time comes as the Regent of the Forested Land. But how many of us are lucky enough to have such a perfect life?  When her sister, the Princess Crowned dies suddenly of a sickness moving through the kingdom shortly before her wedding, Rosalind’s life is thrown into turmoil.

The Forest’s Heir is a wonderful tale of romance, intrigue and adventure. Told in the first person narrative from Rosalind’s point of view it is as though you are sitting down with her and she is recounting the beautiful (at times) and harrowing (at other times) tale of her last year in the Forested Land.

We get to know Rosalind, her first love Gavin and the King of Rivers who she must marry when she takes her sister’s place as the Princess Crowned. All three of these characters have wonderful upstanding characters and it is easy to see why Rosalind is so torn when she must choose between love and duty.

The thing that I loved about the King of Rivers the most is that he didn’t want to rush Rosalind into marriage. He knew he was taking her away from a marriage with someone she loved because of this arranged marriage. Rather than go ahead with the originally scheduled marriage date that was set in the contract when he was to have married Rosalind’s sister, he chose to postpone the wedding for several months to the spring so that she would have time to get used to the idea.

Then a traitor attacks the kingdom and kills the king. Rosalind escapes the castle but is on the run. How will she gain back her throne and rescue her kingdom? The sequel to The Forest’s Heir is titled The Fire’s Princess and will be released on June 4th. It will continue the saga of Princess Rosalind.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Forest’s Heir and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy. I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Ley Hayley was born in Virginia on the night LA Law premiered in 1986. This is important, because her mother never let her forget it. From early on, Ley's life was surrounded by stories. Growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, Ley heard a thousand different folk tales and family histories from her grandmother and other family friends. Even before she could read, Ley loved books.

After moving to North Carolina at 13, Ley took up debate (much to the dismay of everyone around her since she wouldn't shut up). If anyone wanted to find her in high school, the first place to look would be the library. It was then that she found her first real literary love: J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. To this day, she reads the entire series once a year, every year. And it never gets old. 

She went to college, got a biology degree, went back for a nursing degree, and had to go back to full time work. Much to her mother's dismay, Ley looks at work as her hobby. Reading and writing are her real loves and her full time pursuits. It's Ley's goal to read more and more books every year.

Ley lives in North Carolina with her family and two dogs.

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