Eartha’s brother Balen has been in love with Princess Galiene since they were children. Upon the death of the High King, the tribesmen of the realm vie for the throne, and with it, the hand of the fair princess.
Balen is desperate to win his lady, but a rival tribesman is equally determined to keep them apart.
With her brother, her dearest friend, and the country she loves all hanging in the balance, Eartha must do the unthinkable to ensure her brother’s victory in the stag hunt. Sometimes true love needs a helping hand…or some blood to be spilled.
Margaret’s Review – Eartha, is a courageous young woman of humble origins. She is also loyal to both her loved ones and to mother earth. When The high king falls in battle, his daughter Galiene must choose a husband and the successor. Eartha knows that her brother Balen will enter the dangerous ritual of the stag hunt. Not to win the crown but the hand of his childhood love Gailene. Knowing fate will have it’s way she is determined that Balen will win. Even if she must enter in his place.
Set in ancient Britannia during the Anglo-Saxon invasion, you are immediately transported and caught up in a tribal war. Eartha is a brave character who is the focus of the story and won my admiration instantly. You are taken back to her early childhood and see that her character is strong and loyal right from the beginning. A lot of action and historical rituals keep the pace interesting and exciting. A short story that I would love to see develop into a full novel.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
About Author Laura DeLuca
Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon.
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