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review: radiance by grace draven

24473763Radiance by Grace Draven

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Adult

Published on: January 2015

Publisher: self published

Format: E-book

Language: English

My Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:


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 thoughts:

This book was so unexpected!

It’s a fantasy romance, and the first one I’ve read in (I don’t want to say forever because I’m not sure that’s true) a long time. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this completely blew my mind with how good it was.

I love how the friends-to-lovers trope developed here, and especially how it all started. In the beginning, they were glad to be friends but found the other physically repulsive, and with time their emotional bond deepened and they finally started to see the beauty in each other’s appearance.

The characters were great as well. Ildiko was realistic and pragmatic, but never bitter about her circumstances and always with such an open mind. Brishen was a warrior, a devoted leader to his people, and such a kind and understanding man. Their relationship was so sweet and I loved reading about them.

The fantasy aspect of the story was also very interesting. The main focus was on the romance, but we still got some interesting worldbuilding, and I especially liked learning about the Kai culture and their customs.

The writing was very easy to get into, and the pace was pretty great as well. Overall, this was a joy to read and I’m so happy I decided to start my journey into fantasy romance with this book.

Do you read fantasy romance? I’d love some recommendations!

Until next time,

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