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Book Review: Radiance by Grace Draven


Radiance by Grace Draven 
Series: Wraith Kings, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal 
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 296 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on January 13th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published February 2014)
Grace Draven: Website | Twitter | Goodreads


Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.


Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

“My beautiful husband. I see radiance.”

Radiance has been in my TBR for few years but I wasn’t really sure if I was ever going to get it but the synopsis sounded so interesting and yet I was honestly surprised how much I enjoy reading it. I fully prepared to be disappointed, once again but gladly I was wrong.

Ildiko is an orphan and there’s no love lost between her and her living relatives. She was scared of having to marry a Kai but she was also happy to get away from her family. Brinsen doesn’t have loving family either and since his brother already has six children he doesn’t need to marry to continue their line.

“You find me ugly, don’t you?”
“Hideous. A hag of a woman. And you? You don’t think me a handsome man?”
“Had you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father’s mace.”

I rarely read marriage in convenience but I think this was another book Sophie @ Beware of the Reader got me interested in. I’m glad I did too since this romance is everything I didn’t know I needed at the moment. I just love that Brinsen and Ildiko were honest to each other from the beginning and didn’t hate each other for having to marry each other. I loved how these two became a team from the start and I admire how well she adapted on her new life.

All in all I just loved this book. We got interesting characters and a romance I could root for from page one. Also I loved the main characters. Ildiko was great at talking back at her mother-in-low and Brinsen was protective of her.


5 stars

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