In a few short weeks seventeen-year-old Mila has gone from being Ludmila Novakova, pampered daughter of the High Chancellor of Bohemia, to becoming a traitor escaping the palace at midnight in her wedding nightgown. Her country is in chaos, an army is marching from Austria, and revolution is a breath away.
Mila is caught in the middle, between the man she loves—Marc, the son of a blacksmith and a leader of the rebellion—and the murderer the Church calls her husband. Even as she flees with Marc into the heart of the resistance, where the suspicions of angry citizens make her every palace-born habit a danger, she knows he hasn’t told her everything.
But Mila is keeping the biggest secret herself: she is the heir to the throne, the daughter of embattled King Rudolf and Princess of Bohemia. The truth will turn the fury of both sides against her, leaving Mila alone to win her country’s freedom—and her own . . .
“A realistic historical novel with a fairy-tale feel.”
—School Library Journal
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Better than the first one!
(Monday, September 12, 2016)
Reviewer: N. N. Light
The Rebellion in Bohemia has begun and Mila is on the run with her beloved Marc. He rescued her from the castle and the clutches of her murderous husband (at least in the eyes of the Catholic Church), only to find herself in the midst of poverty and untrusting peasants. It’s a harsh reality for Mila but this is only the beginning.
A letter from Ludmila’s mother reveals a shocking secret: she is the sole heir to the throne. She confides in Marc’s brother (Henrick) and he promises to protect her with his life. Her friendship blossoms with Henrick and when Marc confronts her about it, she’s torn. But everything comes crashing down when old enemies threaten everything Mila hold dear (including her life). Who cares about the future when you’re in the fight of your life?
While this is darker than Lions in the Garden, I understood why Luna set the tone of the book in bleary shades of grey. It’s a revolution and Mila is at the heart of it. We get to feel her loneliness, isolation and grief. So much death, so much torture, so much blackness.
The torture and graphic detail of beatings were a touch excessive for me. I had to skim over those scenes, so be forewarned.
Luna did her research and history is bleeding from these pages. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say I was reading an autobiography. The war between Catholics and Protestants was one of the bloodiest in history yet many believers have no idea. I’m telling every Christian to read this book because it’s that important.
I loved the tenderness between Mila and the two brothers. There’s an undercurrent that I hope Luna expands on in the next book. Yes, there’s a book three and I can’t wait to read it! I’m hooked on these characters and have to wait patiently for the next installment.
Thank you to Netgalley and Lyrical Press (Kensington Books) for giving me a copy in exchange for my honest review.
“It was officially hunting season on anyone who considered themselves to be a Protestant. The Crown was no longer doing their evil deeds in private; they were now blatantly displaying their hatred for all to see. We had finally reached a point at which both sides would not, and probably could not, turn back.
The audacity of the warning infuriated the men. What did this person do — other than be a Protestant — that would warrant such a cruel death? Who would do such a thing?
I could name a few.” -Mila
My Rating: 4 stars