Series: Daughter of the Mountain #1
Author: Megan Dent Nagle
Publication Date: February 26/15
Genre: YA Fantasy
Back Cover Blurb:
Zora’s unfortunate birth status is not the only thing that makes her different. She is also a Chimera, a human whose blood is mixed with a sorcerer's-only the Samarian princess doesn’t know it.
When Zora is sixteen, Queen Evangeline decides to marry her off to the Prince of a foreign land infested by dark swamplands. Unbeknownst to Zora, Samaria faces threats from both inside and outside its borders. There is something in Samaria that the race of sorcerers want: azurite crystal mined from underneath Samaria’s mountains. Queen Evangeline is more than willing to give it to them, but at what cost? As Samaria enters into a war they cannot win, loyalties will be tested and all faith in Queen Evangeline will be lost. The only hope in combating Samaria’s bleak future rests in the hands of a traitorous group of Evangeline’s advisors. With the help of other allies in the Realm, those loyal to Zora set out retrieve her from exile so she can take her rightful place as Queen and save the future of Samaria.
The main character in this novel was a real treat. She made me laugh throughout and was a joy to get to know. I was never bored following her story. In fact, the entire cast of this novel was well developed and did their roles justice. They were a fun bunch to get to know and I loved their individual stories as much as the overarching plot.
As a whole, this was a well written, well thought out novel that brings fantasy to life. Nagle has definitely started this series out on the right foot.