Stardropped, Golden Sun
Why did I start reading it?
I was chatting with the Author on discord and she managed to sell me her book.
What is it?
Skye is Stardropped. The power of Star-fire burns within her, a power that if left uncontrolled could level the kingdom. She's strict with herself and her emotions but then the King himself comes to the mage's tower and whisks her away to be queen. What is he planning and how will she keep her emotions in check while dealing with the trails of her new position, and the very handsome man who put her there.
What are the characters like?
Skye carried the book well, especially at the start when her 'star-fire' seemed more like normal, average emotions she just wasn't used to feeling. I felt a little bad for her at the time, I literally said 'aww sweetie' into the book once because I just wanted her to chill out and open up, which she did eventually.
What's the bad news?
This book did get a little slow nearer the end. Around the 80% mark, I was expecting it to start ramping up a little bit. There was a war going on, some other plot threads in the background but none of that really came to a head until the second to last chapter then it was done with rather fast. A little disappointing.
And the good news?
Sinclair does a good job of making a world that exists outside of our protagonist. There are little stories happening with side characters that aren't overly important but do wonders to make this world feel lived in.
Also the fashion! Lord the fashion! Gowns and dresses were described in detail which brought each garment clearly to mind. Sure there were other things like a plot to keep me interested in this book but the fashion was not something I would tire of.
Would you recommend?
I would recommend it for anyone looking for a romance with a bit of a becoming queen and having all the dresses and everything you want escapist fantasy.