Foremost by Jody Hedlund ~ Review

My Review:

Maribel grew up in a convent, dreaming of taking her vows and using her skills as a healer to be a blessing to others. The news that she is the second of the lost princesses change everything and she and her faithful friend, Edmund are swept into a battle for their very lives and the fate of the kingdom. But will the growing feelings between her and Edmund mean giving up her calling as a healer?

Maribel is passionate about helping others with her medical skills, she has learned all she can at the convent, and has aided many with her skills. She feels strongly about her calling, and selflessly puts herself at risk in order to help others. I admired her love for others, even her enemies.

Edmund and Maribel were raised together by the nuns, orphaned when Ethelwulf took the throne. Edmund was trained by an Elite Guard, as well as a Fera Agmen who can communicate with animals. Edmund is a brave, selfless, and willing to die for Maribel. Over the years he has come to see her as more than a friend. I admired how he respected her ambitions even at the cost of his heart.

There is plenty of action, as well as good dialogue and interaction between the main characters. I liked how this book focuses more on their quest for Solomon's treasure, drawing them ever closer to regaining their kingdom. I thought it interesting how this installment in the series incorporated more fantasy elements like the marvelous and fearsome creatures encountered and Edmund's ability to communicate so clearly with animals. One of my favorite things was the chemistry between Maribel and Edmund, taunt with tension, filled with hope, and unconditional.

Overall, a stunning installment in Ms. Hedlund's latest series, it brings the princesses one step closer to reclaiming their father's throne. Maribel is strong willed, compassionate, and a strong leader in a more supporting sense than her sister, yet still unafraid to stand up for what is right. I can't wait to see what will happen next and how Emmeline's story will tie them all together!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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