Title: Against the Reign
Author: Dove Winters
Ginny doesn’t want to be queen. Known as the mead-loving, trouble-making princess of Newrock, all she wants is for her beloved younger brother to marry, so he can assume the throne and she can disappear. But when tragedy befalls her kingdom and pushes the crown into her hands, she’s forced to face her worst nightmare. Surrounded by betrayal and the threat of death, her only thought is to save her brother–even if it means giving herself over to the enemy.
Against the Reign is such a powerful novel, and I absolutely loved it. I have not found myself so excited about a novel in quite some time, and I appreciate that this novel gave me that excitement about reading that I haven’t felt in quite awhile. The world that Dover Winters presented to the reader was vibrant and alive, and I felt as though I had fallen right into her novel.
First off, Ginny is a perfect character. She is a princess, but she doesn’t act like one. I loved how rough and tough she was,and how she defied the traditional fictional princess stereotype. I immediately wanted to be friends with Ginny because she felt so raw and real, and that is something that I always look for in a novel. I also admired her strength to take her responsibilities seriously when she needed to, and this passion was purely infatuating.
But what stood out to me about this novel the most was Dover Winters’ writing itself. Her descriptions were absolutely perfect and not overbearing or leaving much to be desired. She clearly had a firm grasp on her setting, story, and characters, and I didn’t once doubt her novel planning or writing talent. I honestly couldn’t think up anything that I would change about this novel, and that is a big success in my book; especially since I am a critical reviewer. I would gladly read this novel over again just so that I could revisit the characters as though they are old friends of mine. I didn’t want this novel to end, and I will definitely be following Dover Winters and reading anything else that she releases. Her writing is flawless, and I hope she only continues to grow with her work. If you are looking for a fantastical novel with strong characters and an exciting plot, then Against the Reign is the one for you!
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