Release date: November 24th 2015
Young Rhea is a miller’s daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Since commoners don’t turn down lords—no matter how sinister they may seem—Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement.
Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding. Upon arrival, she discovers that not only was her betrothed married six times before, but his previous wives are all imprisoned in his enchanted castle. Determined not to share their same fate, Rhea asserts her desire for freedom. In answer, Lord Crevan gives Rhea a series of magical tasks to complete, with the threat “Come back before dawn, or else I’ll marry you.”
With time running out and each task more dangerous and bizarre than the last, Rhea must use her resourcefulness, compassion, and bravery to rally the other wives and defeat the sorcerer before he binds her to him forever.
This book was not at all what I imagined. I thought I wouldn’t like it initially with how it started but as the story went on I found myself engrossed in the story, turning pages until I got to the end.
Rhea is 15 and is what you would call a peasant girl, when a noble of high birth asks for her hand in marriage her parents have no choice but to accept. After all you don’t turn down Lords or something will happen to you. Rhea knows there is something odd about the situation and even though she has begged to not be engaged to Lord Craven she still has no choice. When Rhea is asked to visit Lord Craven’s house she is a bit apprehensive but goes along. On the journey there she meets a little hedgehog who to her surprise helps her along the way.
Once at Lord Cravens manor Rhea is surprised to discover that Lord Craven has 6 other wives who for some reason seem trapped in the manor, well except for the one in the ground of course (uh yea… she is dead!). It is now up to Rhea to perform the tasks that Lord Craven sends her on before sunrise other wise he will marry her. Rhea soon realises that Lord craven is not who everyone thinks he is, he is very dangerous man.
Its up to Rhea to make sure she can perform the tasks before sunrise and find a way to return home and perhaps help the other wives that are trapped.
What did I like? It was initially hard for me to place how I was feeling about this book or what I really liked. I didn’t like that it was about a man who was deceptively marrying women and taking what belonged to them simply because he could. To me it made women seem pretty weak. The story is beautifully written and you soon start to root for Rhea hoping she can do all that is necessary to escape a fate that she has absolutely no clue about.
The characters were quirky but I guess they all worked together. I really liked Rhea, because even though she was scared and didn’t exactly understand everything happening she still fought to make sure Lord Craven didn’t push her around.
It was an awesome end to the book, that I didn’t realise I was holding my breath until the end. A thrilling and exciting read that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a YA story that is different.