Original Title: Third Daughter
Year Published: 2013
Published by: CreateSpace
Number of Pages: 346
First Sentence: “The cloudless night whispered sweet promises to Aniri.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Sneaking out of the palace wasn’t one of Aniri’s best ideas. But she’s the Third Daughter of the Queen of Dharia—zero responsibilities and zero royal duties. She’s just the backup daughter, in case her older sisters’ arranged marriages—to take the crown or broker an alliance—don’t quite work out. But once Aniri reaches her 18th birthday, she’ll be truly free… and then she can marry the charming fencing instructor she meets for fevered kisses in the forest.
But then the impossible happens—a marriage proposal. From a barbarian prince in the north, no less. And if Aniri refuses, the threat of their new flying weapon might bring war.
So she agrees to the young prince’s proposal, but only as a subterfuge to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she doesn’t love. But once she arrives in the sweeping mountains of the north, she discovers the prince has his own secrets… and saving her country may end up breaking her heart.
This was a surprisingly good book. I didn’t realise it had steampunk elements when I started it and when I did realise it, it put me on edge. Steampunk can either be really successful or just bad, but K-Q managed to make it a successful and natural part of the story.
Aniri is a pleasant main character and I enjoyed reading this story through her eyes. She is the perfect mix between sassy, badass and selfless, without being too much of any of them. I really liked her and she definitely had some character development in this book which was nice.
Prince Ash is pretty awesome as well. A gentleman who is also witty and a little more than just a spoilt prince. The interaction between the two was entertaining and interesting and made the book quite fun to read.
There is also a cast of supporting characters that you will both come to care for a lot and some that will anger and frustrate you to no end. There are some that will also surprise you and some that you’ll hate at first and then come to care for as well.
The plot then. It was fast paced and quite intriguing. It had some surprising twists and turns that kept the story interesting throughout without feeling over the top. It progressed naturally and the story overall felt very believable.
Do I recommend it?
If you want a fun Bollywood/steampunk romantic adventure story then yes, I do.