Saturday, June 10, 2017

Enshrine by Kay Bennson

Enshrine
by Kay Bennson

My rating: 3 stars

Publisher: Solstice Publishing - Solstice Shadows Imprint (June 4, 2017)
Publication Date: June 4, 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Print Length: 306 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
When Sage Wolfe is accidentally mistaken for a peace offering, her world turns upside down. Dayton, the young, handsome, and insane King of Rosementh whisks her away to his castle to be his bride with the promise that he can give her the world and anything she desires. These offers becoming tainted as Dayton’s true colors show themselves; he is cruel and violent and Sage vows to run away or die trying.

Just when Sage thinks she is hitting rock bottom, a hooded stranger named Jonathan Kreider comes to the castle. He doesn’t say much but his actions speak for themselves. Not only can he wield a sword or shoot an arrow better than most of Dayton’s men, but he always seems to be a step behind Sage, and though it should terrify her, for the first time Sage finds herself filling with hope.

Sage is faced with a choice. Should she run away from the wicked king who took her away from her family? Or should she stay to learn more about the man who lurks in the shadows, the man that makes her heart race and almost makes suffering Dayton’s wrath worthwhile? Sage is about to discover that nothing is as it seems and everyone has secrets; Dayton, the man that calls himself Jonathan Kreider, and even herself.

 
Enshrine by Kay Bennson

EnshrineHer dance was like magic to those who watched her, but it was that very dance and the love for it that would change Sage’s life forever. It was the night the insane young king came to loot the town and “take his due.” Sage became an offering of sorts, when her dance pleased the king and his men, she became his and was stolen from the simple life she knew.

Tormented and lonely as the king’s prisoner, Sage would see glimpses of who the king could be if not for his blood thirsty and twisted side, but would that be enough to base a forced marriage on? Just when all seemed lost for any hope of happiness, a stranger arrived and with him a spark of hope, a sliver of goodness in a life so broken by cruelty. Who is this cloaked stranger and what will his arrival mean for Sage?

Little did she know then, but that cloaked stranger would once again change Sage’s future, but would it be for the better?

ENSHRINE by Kay Bennson has everything for a fabulous young adult read, a fantasy world, kings, evil warriors and the mysteriously hero who will stand against all, as well as a young heroine who must deal with a life she was ill-prepared for. One couldn’t help be feel sorry for the despicable young king, in modern times, he could get help, but as it stood, he ran roughshod over his people in brutal ways. Sage was not easy to connect with, at times she seemed so young and vulnerable and at times she seemed to think she could love a man who hurt her, can you say, clueless?

My favorite was the mystery warrior, Jonathan, probably the best developed character of the lot. There are scenes where Sage dances and the crowds are awed at her movements, but I couldn’t feel them, I couldn’t see them in my mind, or hear the music she danced to. There was no magic in it for me. Ms. Bennson definitely added details and many events in order to bring her story to life and there IS an amazing story in here, trust me, but for me, it just fell a little flat.

I received this copy from Kay Bennson in exchange for my honest review.

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