A sorcerer’s fortress. A lost heir. A determined princess.
Princess Gwen, second in line to the throne of Ituria, has given up on happy endings. After a neighboring kingdom’s heir stole her heart and then disappeared four years ago, she buried her heartache and vowed to serve her eleven sisters. Her most recent mission: to arrange a match with her sister Hazel and the lost heir’s youngest brother.
But when her traveling party is ambushed, her flight from danger leads her into the path of a blindfolded man with a familiar smile. Imprisoned with him deep in the forest, Gwen and her fellow captives are at the mercy of a treacherous beauty on a mission of her own. Contending with her schemes—and a love potion gone awry—they must find a way past enchanted guardians, who are capable of crushing not only their bodies but also their dreams.
The Midsummer Captives, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is the second novel in The Firethorn Chronicles, a series drawn from fairy tales and other classic stories. Follow the sisters on their adventures in a land where sorcery is feared, women can rule, and dragons fly.
What was supposed to be a short trip to a neighboring country turns horribly wrong when Princesses Gwen and Hazel are attacked. Their attempts to escape only end them up in an enchanted castle – with no way out. Now they must find a possibly nonexistent route of escape past the stone dragons, with the assistance of one longtime resident of the castle. Add in mis-aimed love potions and a few little dragons into the mix, and you have a recipe for disaster.
I was very eager to read this one after thoroughly enjoying Firethorn Crown. I’m not exactly certain how much later this book takes place after book 1. The book was not too clear on that detail and I’ve long since forgotten the ages of the characters and other little details of Firethorn Crown. Midsummer Captives is loosely based off of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, though since I have never read that story, I really can’t say how much this book is or is not similar to it.
Gwen was a great main character, honest and loyal. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to fight for it, or anyone she cares about.
And contrary to how the book description makes things sound, the identity of the blindfolded man and his reasons for wearing it are quickly discovered. I was a bit surprised by that, but not in a bad way. I’m glad that Doue didn’t drag things out involving that scenario, like so many authors are prone to doing. And Sissi? Honestly, I wanted to strangle that girl! She is one seriously weird and creepy character.
The plot kept a good pace and held my attention until the very end, but it left us on a bit of a cliffhanger, and we are left to wonder what will happen with both Sissi and her as of yet unseen benefactor, as well as find out what Tharius’s true plans really are. I’m eager for book three’s release.
My Rating: Four Flames
Romance: Clean, some mild kissing.
Blood/violence: There was a little fighting in the book, mostly against the stone dragons. Little to no blood.
Other: Magic is used, and the antagonist’s choices in clothing is more than a bit creepy.
Amazon Kindle Link:The Midsummer Captives (Firethorn Chronicles Book 2)
Amazon Paperback Link: none yet
Happy Reading y’all!