The Queen's Dance

Nicole Elizabeth Kelleher
The Queen's Dance
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Diversion Books
Release Date
May 2017
Book 2 of The Aurelian Guard Series
Fantasy Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance

To save a kingdom, she may have to sacrifice her heart.

Lady Claire is the brightest addition to the queen's retinue, but she hides a secret that could change the fabric of Aurelia: she can foretell another's fate. This curse has only brought her sorrow, and because of it, she vows never to give her heart to anyone. But Trian, a shy Aurelian Guard, has fallen hard for Claire, and when King Godwin assigns him to escort her across the realm, he jumps at the chance.

When they are thrown together, Claire discovers that Trian may be the one person who is immune to her powers, and friendship takes hold. Trian teaches her his unique way of seeing the world, and Claire tutors him in the healing arts. She realizes too late that she has done that which she promised she would never do: she falls in love.

Her greatest fear is realized when Trian is knocked down by deadly quarrels. His assailants transport Claire far from Aurelia to the foreign lands of Nifolhad. To return home, Claire will need to cross the most treacherous parts of the kingdom, from the merciless desert to cities where spies listen to every whisper. She allies herself with the women from the Fenrhi Temple, who possess powers beyond Claire's comprehension. Their customs and secrets seduce her, while plots and machinations drag her into the very heart of the battle for Nifolhad's throne.

If she ever hopes to return to those she loves, Claire must overcome the most perilous challenge of her life and embrace her curse as a gift.

Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Mar 23, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
69 people found the following review helpful
THE QUEEN'S DANCE is the second book in The Aurelian Guard series, and this time we focus upon Claire and Trian. Claire is as strong as Anna, but in different ways. Claire and Trian feel affection for each other, and Trian helps to train Claire in the ways of his people. We also learn that the traditions in Cathmara are different to the rest of Aurelia, so Claire might not end up with Trian anyway.

The story moves away from Aurelia, and Claire has to deal with her own trials as she tries to make her way back home. Trian can't remember the Claire he fell in love with, but still feels like part of him is missing.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, although I found parts that just weren't 'fleshed out' enough for me. With Wild Lavender, I had everything--the motive, the behaviour, etc. With THE QUEEN'S DANCE, although it was mostly there, there were some parts missing, which made it feel a tad disjointed by the ending.

On the whole though, I loved it! With the herbal lore, plus the other mystical sides, this book kept my interest from beginning to end. I just hope this isn't the last book in the series, as I would definitely love to read more. Absolutely recommended by me.
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