As a reader, I love many genres one in particular is historical fantasy. I love the stories where good triumphs over evil, especially ones with a little twist to add suspense.
Sapphire and Steel written by Violet Froste was not a disappointment.
Following the young Aster, Captain of the Princess-guard, as she does all that she can to protect her best friend, the Princess Adrienna from any possible threats. Whilst delivering Adrienna to her future husband they are ambushed in the middle of the night. Passing herself off as the Princess, Aster is taken by the Jarl Svagner of the Vikingr the enemy to her King and home country.
Told from both Aster and Svagner’s perspective we follow their journey as both realise that they are not all they seem. Full of surprises that leaves you wanting more. It was very hard for me to say one more chapter when I was supposed to be asleep. Froste has taken the saying ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ and formed relatable characters and a plot that can be taken in many different directions.
I would have honestly liked to have seen more of both main characters history and how they became the people they turned into, as well as knowing more about the other relationships that are mentioned throughout the book. However, the novel in itself is quintessentially a love story first and foremost, a love of country, love that one as for their friends and for each other.
Readers are informed that this book is not for the faint hearted, with graphic depictions of sexual relations, strong language and violence.
If you are at all interested in having a read you can find it available on amazon here.
I would recommend this novel 100% to all of my friends who are wanting to try out up and coming writers. I am eager to read the next book in Violet Froste’s collection.
One more thing… How badass is that cover… I am in love.
*All words and thoughts are my own. This is a collaboration with the author and Voracious Readers.