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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Peasant Queen Blog Tour: My Review

Today, I'm reviewing The Peasant Queen by Cheri Chesley. Here's the blurb:

After running away from home, Krystal is transported to a faraway kingdom where an evil tyrant is bent on taking the crown - and Krystal's hand in marriage. But when she falls in love with the rightful heir to the throne, she must make an impossible choice: sacrifice her one chance at happiness and agree to marry King Gregory, or face the destruction of an entire kingdom.

The Peasant Queen is a romance with plenty of action, intrigue and danger in a fantasy setting. Chesley does a great job developing her characters. I love Krystal's spunk and energy and the way she refuses to take things lying down. Prince Jareth is sweet and romantic. But my favorite character is King Gregory--the villain. He's not my favorite in the sense that I wanted to see him succeed. Not at all. He is my favorite in the sense that he is the most complex and well-drawn character in the book. I found his intensity, passion, and ruthlessness quite compelling, and could totally understand Krystal's reaction to him.

My biggest disappointment was that the magic in the book is more of a background detail and is not important to the plot. For that reason, I'd say the book is not truly fantasy, but it is a wonderful, adventurous romance. I am looking forward to the sequel.


Cheri Chesley is hosting a super cool contest in connection with the blog tour. Click here to find out the details and see the awesome prizes, and leave a comment here to get entered!

11 comments:

Theresa Milstein said...

When there's a lot of background, I find myself skimming. It's funny because when I first wrote, I put in way too much background.

Thanks for the review!

Nisa said...

Sounds like a great book to add to the tbr pile! Thanks, Angie!

Rebecca Talley said...

I want to read this book. Great review. Thanks!

Taffy said...

Thanks for the review, Angie!

Rebecca said...

Great review! I got to participate in the blog tour yesterday. Fun book, wasn't it?

Jolene Perry said...

I cannot WAIT to read this book with my daughter. Sounds super fun!
I LIKEY the magic in the background...

Tana Adams said...

Love the premise and the cover! Win and win!

kbrebes said...

I'm looking forward to reading Cheri's book. Your review just intensified the desire for "adventurous romance"!

Talha said...

It seems like a great book :)

Angie said...

Thanks for reading my review, everyone! I hope you'll check out the book.

ali said...

Thanks for the heads up on the magic ~ I'll read it more for a romance and it sounds like I'll really enjoy it!