Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Disclaimer: I got this book in an Owlcrate subscription (aka I bought it on my own lol). All opinions are my own.

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: November 22, 2016

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 14+ (some sexual content and language)

Publisher: Balzer and Bray

Pages: 389

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Synopsis: Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

Review: Holy crap what can I say about this book? I instantly feel in love with the novel from the beginning. The characters were very well developed and likable. The world building was fantastic. The book didn’t have unnecessary drama, the main characters were very thoughtful of each other and they came to logical conclusions. The writing was fantastic and the pace was very well done. I also have the praise the book on being one of the very very few to be a lesbian romance ya fantasy book in a genre that’s dominated by straight romances. It was very refreshing (and very hot!)

My only complaint is that I felt that we missed some of the development with the side characters and there were a ton of characters in a short novel. It felt a tad overwhelming, but not much. I also hated having the book end and I wish that book 2 could be here ASAP!

Verdict: Fantastic amazing lesbian romance and fantasy book! Loved it!