Royal Captive by Heather Frost
Series: Fate of Eyrinthia #3
Release Date: March 18, 2022
Publisher: Indie Published
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Format Read: e-arc
Summary: A DECOY trapped in a dangerous lie
A SERJAH searching for the truth
A PRINCE caught in a deadly game
A WORLD choked by secrets
Abducted during a devastating ambush, Clare is now the captive of ruthless mercenaries. Dragged through the wilderness while grieving heart-rending loss, she must maintain the illusion that she is the princess. Because if she lets the mask slip, even for a moment, the Mortisians will have no reason to keep her alive.
After arresting traitors close to the crown, Desfan fights to rebuild his court, knowing that the imminent arrival of the Devendran princess will further upset the precarious balance in Mortise. But Desfan’s world is rocked when he discovers a rumor that rewrites the most devastating event in his life. He will stop at nothing to find the truth–no matter where it leads.
As Grayson struggles to find his footing in Mortise, he discovers new friends and enemies. His life is further complicated by the tenuous alliance with his spymaster brother. With secrets deepening around him, Grayson must decide where his loyalties truly lie. Through it all, his heart remains in Ryden with Mia. Unfortunately, his love for her is no secret, and the Black Hand is a coveted weapon . . .
Eyrinthia holds its breath as allies and enemies collide. Secrets. Lies. Betrayals. Nothing will be the same.
Royal Captive is book 3 in the Fate of Eyrinthia YA fantasy romance series, and should be read in order. If you like swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and non-stop action with epic twists, then you’ll love the captivating world of Eyrinthia!
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About the Author: Heather Frost is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. Her books have been Whitney Award Finalists and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com.
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When Wilf steps in for Bennick’s father during an important rite of passage at the military academy, he gets more than he bargained for. Eleven-year-old Bennick has a fight to pick with another student—a boy named Venn Grannard . . .
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Rating: 4/5 stars
Spice Level: 1/5
Review: This book opens back up after book two which ended in a partial cliffhanger. Frost comes back with another great story with some morally grey characters you will start falling in love with. I really enjoyed the writing style of the book. I said this in my past reviews before, Frost’s writing is just like Sarah J. Mass with a great world and amazing characters. Frost adds many conflicts at a great timing and so many scenes were memorable. The pacing, storyline, world building, and everything were amazingly done but I do have to say that the povs are too much now. I think some pov shouldn’t be included in the story like Wilf as they are more of the side characters instead of a main character. Other than that, the writing was wonderfully done.
So the main characters in this book are Clare, Bennick, Desfan, Grayson, and Mia. I enjoyed most of these characters as they are amazingly written and each have their own story. I love how their stories interact with each other in some ways even though they are from different kingdoms. There is also great amounts of character development in this book which you can see that more is coming in the next book. There are many side characters in this book, some are old and some are new. Also I love the morally grey characters that Frost has added like Tyrell as I absolutely fell in love with him. In this book, readers are truly able to see who the antagonists are. There is a good amount of romance with some old couples from the past book. We have one past couple from the book, a soldier/maiden trope, an age gap trope, and a new love triangle.
The ending was well done and I’m excited to see what comes next. Just like SJM’s books, Frost’s books are becoming longer and longer which I don’t mind as you don’t feel the longness of the book. Frost knows how to entertain her readers and is an incredible writer. The only problem I had was that I felt that there were too many povs but other than that this book was amazing. I totally recommend this series! This series is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.
An Interview with Heather Frost
About the book:
- How did you come up with the story of Royal Captive?
Since it’s book three in the series, I used the set-up and momentum of the previous books to keep driving this plot forward. Without issuing major spoilers, I knew one of the pivotal things covered in this book would be getting all of these characters to finally converge and be in one place at the same time. (Well, most of them!) There are so many secrets, reveals, and betrayals in this book, and I really let the characters drive the plot.
- Which character’s point of view was your favorite to write?
Hmm . . . that’s a hard question! I’m torn between Grayson and Desfan. They both experience a lot in this book, and both of their voices are so strong and easy for me to channel. Plus, they both have some really fun scenes!
- Which chapter was your favorite to write and why?
There are so many great moments I loved writing, and with 70 chapters to choose from, this question feels impossible! There are funny moments, highly anticipated reunions, first meetings, and reveals . . .
Okay, I’ll cheat a little and say Chapters 46 and 47. This is just an extremely game-changing section of the book, and though I can’t say much without giving spoilers, I can say that I was on the edge of my seat writing it. I can’t wait for readers to experience it!
- Where can readers purchase your book?
You can purchase the ebook on Kindle (it’s also available on Kindle Unlimited!)
The hardcover can be purchased on Amazon, B&N, or you can request it at your favorite local bookstore. (Paperback will be available soon!)
As for signed copies, you can make a request through the contact form on my website!
- How many books are planned for the series?
There will be six books, as well as a few novellas. The series can be read without the novellas, but readers will get more of the world and a deeper connection to the characters if they do read them.
- When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?
I think I’ve been fantasizing about it for most of my life. I started writing/drawing stories when I was about four, and I wrote my first novel when I was twelve. Becoming a published author became my number one goal around that time, and even though it’s a rough road sometimes, it’s the one I’ve been driven to travel.
- What does your family think of your writing/books?
The ones who have read my books seem to love them. My mom is probably my number one fan. (She has expressed worry about how I came up with Grayson’s evil parents, though. I had to reassure her that it’s just an overactive imagination on my part, LOL!)
I have family members who haven’t read my books, but they’re still very supportive of me and my writing. I feel very blessed to have them cheering me on!
- What is your writing schedule like?
I usually feel at my most creative in the morning, so I try to write then. In the afternoons, I might continue writing if I’m on a deadline, or I often turn to the business side of things (marketing, social media, research, etc.)
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read! That’s my usual go-to if I’m not writing. But I also love cooking and baking, and I love to travel. Even just planning my next trip is so much fun! I also love movies, board games, and spending time with family.