Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: Hereafter by Jody Hedlund

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


The third lost princess. The final key to the treasure. And a battle for the throne.

Growing up deep in the forest as a poor charcoal burner’s daughter, Emmeline has always known her identity as a princess of Mercia, and she lives in fear of being caught and killed. When her adopted father returns from town with news regarding the imminence of war, Emmeline has no wish to join the rebellion against King Ethelwulf.

Prince Ethelrex, the strongest warrior in the land, has done everything he can to prove his loyalty to his father, including searching for the last lost princess. When Ethelrex finally captures Emmeline, the king commands his son to marry the princess in order to win the support of the people and undermine the rebellion.

Forced into marriage, Emmeline has one goal—to escape. But Ethelrex takes his marriage vows seriously, including his promise to love and cherish his wife, and has no intention of letting Emmeline get away. As the battle for the throne rages, will the prince be able to win the battle for Emmeline’s heart?

My Review

Epic. I love how this final book finished the series in such an unexpected way! After reading the heroic adventures of her two sisters, I struggled with Emmeline's personality a bit, the way she gives in and doesn't fight tooth and nail or make the sacrifices others think she should. But over time I grew to appreciate her strengths and attributes that helped finally bring peace to the land. The Prince was another unknown personality to get used to, and it was great to see his perspective and learn of his inner turmoil as he seeks with Emmeline for a future void of war. The story played like a movie in my mind with the action and suspense of the dangerous journeys, treacherous maze of tunnels, and vindictive villains, balanced with blossoming romance, reunited sisters, and self-discovery within the two main characters. This is an exciting series that is perfect four young adults and not-as-young adults alike!

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

Don't miss the previous books in The Lost Princesses series . . .

Prequel Novella

Book One

Book Two

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