The Passionate Queen by Jovee Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
***** 5 Cranky Stars *****
"OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!" This is how we have come to think of the Queen of Hearts........uncontrolled fury, rage and passion embodied in the frame of a woman!
Zelena Hermosa however was born a morphling, bought by a witch as an infant to be sold to the highest bidder (who happened to be the King of Hearts) to be handed over when she came into her powers. Until then she endures a childhood of unspeakable cruelty.
Ragoth, dragonborn prince-ling meets Zelena when they are both but children and his dragon claims her as his before he even sets eyes on her. Alas the are not meant to be. He is royalty and may not, can not be with a commoner, just to kiss Zelena could mean her death!
The Queen of Hearts is one of fairy tales villains, yet in this beautifully written book we come to see how people are shaped by their past, products of their environments. We also see this seemingly wicked queen redeem herself and find her HEA.
I think of all the Kingdom books that I have read by this author this is my favorite one, it's depth and the author's empathy towards the character is evident. The moments of fun and hilarity that Ms Winters is known for are very present in this book as well as a wealth of colorful characters.
It is a no brainer that I award 5 stars to this gem.
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