My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Twin Kingdoms series by Nancy O’Toole are those rare books that make one crave for more. All the stories are absorbing and immersive based on different fairy tales but what I love is the method by which author Nancy O’Toole has conceptualized the stories. The basic plot from the fairy tales has been used and developed into a beautiful rendition that utterly captivates the reader.
Book # 3, The Wayward Tower is centered on Rapunzel and even though book #1 and Book #2 can be read as stand-alone’s, I would advise book #3 to be read in continuation with book #2 as the story in the Wayward Tower progresses from the events in A Dance With Magic. Victor, the young prince of Verdia was introduced in book #2 and he definitely, left behind an impression. there was no way one would not fall in love with his charm and wit, the happy and carefree guy who hides his depth of feelings behind a clownish attitude and I was glad that the author had a separate romantic story for him.
It was magical to read about Aria, the flashbacks to her past that the author has interwoven giving the readers a glimpse into the story of the Mage King and his hold on Aria. There’s a central plot of the two kingdoms Kelvia and Verdia in each of these stories that are somehow connected and the whole jigsaw puzzle has started forming in this story with the background of the evil king and the details about the bloodlines that have begun to be formed. Kris from book #1 The Rose and the Claw makes an appearance in this finding ways to help Aria from her captivity and I was overjoyed coz again he is one of those characters that one cannot have enough of.
More than anything thou, I can keep gushing about Victor who has such an interesting character arc. His easy camaraderie with the guards and his nephew and the general careless way of living and his deep desire to find a purpose in his life after meeting Aria was something to be cherished. The romance between Aria and Victor was subtle which I thought was fantastic knowing Aria’s past and easy to relate to, as the saying goes about already burnt fingers.
The Twin Kingdom as a series is a must-read for fans of fantasy as they provide a distinctive and unique perspective to the fairy tales that we are used to reading.
Addictive 5 stars.
Many thanks to the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.
Trapped in a tower
Aria knows how to escape imprisonment. All she needs to do is to lead Prince Victor to his death. But she has no desire to become a murderer or assist the man that holds her captive. Instead, Aria discovers a possible solution in unfamiliar magic. The Wayward Paths may lead her to freedom, but they will require her to come face to face with the shadows of her past.
The foolish prince
Victor’s life is in danger. After barely escaping a deadly masquerade, he finds himself a target of The Mage King, an ancient being who requires royal blood. Not that Victor takes that too seriously. He’d rather think about Aria, the beautiful and mysterious woman that visits him in his dreams. Aria’s past holds the key to the identity of The Mage King, but will their encounters provide him with answers or result in his demise?
What dangers lie on The Wayward Paths?
This post contains affiliate links for products and services I recommend. If you make a purchase through those links, I may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.