In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, two starcrossed lovers fight to ignite the spark of rebellion…
Londinium, the last stronghold of the Romans left in Britannia, remains in a delicate state of peace with the ancient kingdoms that surround it. As the only daughter of a powerful merchant, Cassandra is betrothed to Marcus, the most eligible bachelor in the city.
But then she meets Devyn, the boy with the strange midnight eyes searching for a girl with magic in her blood.
A boy who will make her believe in soulmates…
When a mysterious sickness starts to leech the life from citizens with Celtic power lying dormant in their veins, the imperial council sets their schemes in motion. And so Cassandra must make a choice: the Code or Chaos, science or sorcery, Marcus or Devyn?
Secrets of the Starcrossed
(The Once and Future Queen #1)
by Clara O'Connor
What if history were just a little different? What if the Roman Empire never fell? Clara O’Connor’s SECRETS OF THE STARCROSSED gives us that scenario and takes us to Londinium where a fragile peace endures and a successful merchant’s daughter is betrothed to the most eligible bachelor in the city. But are they meant to be together or is there something far more political and devious going on?
Cass was supposed to marry Marcus, but she never planned on falling in love with Devyn or to begin to believe in his quest for a girl with magic in her blood.
What starts out as a fascinating tale of an alternate history, young love and standing against all odds gets a little lost along the way as bits and pieces become a little choppy as it takes on a futuristic feel. Cass is naïve, she is entitled and has lived her life in a shell of obedience to all her parents ask of her. Then her eyes are opened by Devyn and from then on, she does become a better character to follow,
I’m not quite sure I believed in the insta-love or the differences in the Devyn Cass thought she knew and the real Devyn. Moments of greatness mixed in with moments that seem to be too drawn out, make for an uneven flow. Still, this is a good tale to escape into for a brief time, just not a great tale.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from One More chapter! This is my honest and voluntary review.