Author: Rebecca Garcia
Run. Hide. Pray for escape.
Racing down the winding streets of Imperia, my only hope of reclaiming my throne is to escape. Unfortunately, that means returning to the one place I truly fear—Berovia.
My fears—it seems—were justified. In the dark underbelly of Berovia, I am captured by King Xenos’s men and thrown into the pits with traitors and criminals to pray for salvation I knew wouldn’t come. My only hope to make it out alive is by agreeing to marry the king’s arrogant son. But this union comes at a terrible price. If I agree to be his bride, my people may be stripped of their magic and forced into submission under Kiros’s reign. If I die, I leave my corruptible cousin, Edgar, to ruin my family’s rule.
Can I find a way to save my people and myself? Or, will I die as the princess of nothing?
The Princess of Nothing begins right where The Fate of Crowns ends. As this is a continuous series, there will be spoilers for book one without spoiling book two. Our main character is continuing her journey to gain her rightful place on the throne and do what she believes will help her people. Her heart continues to struggle as she is torn in more ways than one. There is a lot more insight into many of the characters from book one and even more political intrigue and adventure.
Winter Mortis, now sixteen (seventeen by the end of the novel), is the Princess of Maegelor. After her father has passed, Winter is on the run and her cousin Edgar takes the throne. Although she is not thrilled with this, she is determined to make this a temporary setback. With very few options for escape, Winter decides returning to Berovia, the rival kingdom across the sea, would be the best option. Things do not go well in Berovia after she is captured by King Xenos. Eventually, she is rescued by the King’s son, Prince Kiros, who offers her a deal where the two of them will marry and he will rule both kingdoms with her at his side. As Winter wants to be an actual Queen, she needs to find a way out of this without following through on a loveless marriage or dying along the way.
As a character, Winter has grown a lot since we first met her in book one. She is a lot more open-minded while maintaining her determination and cleverness. She is still on her journey of self-discovery and continues to learn about the world around her. She meets Cedric, the Light fae who is more than what he seems, again in Berovia and the two of them become closer. Although she cares greatly about him, she cannot help thinking about Blaise, the Dark Fae King of Nefarium. All three characters become a lot more complex in this story. The reader gets to learn a lot more about Blaise and Cedric and they continue to grow from the characters that were presented in the previous novel. The three of them do form a love triangle, yet it was not as annoying as I thought it would be, considering it is my least favorite trope. The circumstances and the way it was written makes the connections and decisions understandable and I find myself rooting for one of them to be with Winter, although I believe it most likely will turn out to be the other. The writing could very well go either direction, which I love about this series, as Winter could very well end up with either, or even another option. There is no clear direction to spoil the reading experience.
The world building in this story is immersive and the environment is well described. The characters are all enjoyable, even the villains, and I loved getting to know all of them. Winter is an excellent character as she has a lot going on at all times. She has anxiety and sometimes suffers from unexpected panic attacks, yet she does not fully understand it. Her struggles are all very realistic and relatable and I love how multi-layered this character has become. Again, she is not the same spoiled, closed-minded character that was introduced at the very beginning. The magic system continues to be interesting as you have the elemental (air, earth, fire, and water) Solises that live in Berovia and the Lunas (spirt – the fifth element) magic users. Both are incredibly complex and, although, I understand the basics, I still would love to learn more.
Overall, this series continues to be very entertaining and enjoyable. Similar to the first novel, this one ends in a cliffhanger. I am immediately going to being the next one as I cannot wait to see what happens next. Pieces of the big picture puzzle have been put together in this story, but there are still more to come. There are many secrets and plots to come together before this series comes to an end and I cannot wait to see what happens next!