Monday, 13 April 2015
Book: Beautiful Salvation by Jennifer Blackstream
Series: Blood Prince (#5)
Author: Jennifer Blackstream
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: 1st November 2014
Challenges: 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (12 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
With the other Princes all married to women beyond their dreams, Euradyce's eye turns to Saamal, the fallen God. For the past 100 years, Saamal has been trying to wake the woman that he knew he was going to marry, but Aiyana's dreams are far more complicated than that, and to fulfill the prophecy both Aiyana and Saamal will have to go places that they never thought they would need to.
I knew that the finale to this series would be big, but Beautiful Salvation was even bigger than I expected! It had all of the Princes working together in a way that they haven't before and I felt that they were now 'officially' friends rather than just allies of circumstance.
As a take on Sleeping Beauty, I thought that Beautiful Salvation worked really well (and I loved the way that Briar Rose came into the story!) It was definitely good to have a Princess that wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and was determined to do what was necessary not just to save herself but to save her kingdom and her people.
The relationship between Aiyana and Saamal was complicated, not just because Aiyana had been asleep for so long either, but despite that I thought that they started off their 'real' relationship (the 'unreal' one being the forced engagement at the start of the book) on an equal footing, it definitely felt that they were good together in that respect.
I love the way that mythology of various cultures were brought into not just this book, but the series as a whole, and the ending was not quite what I expected because of that. The way that this entwined with the fairy tales made an enchanting and unique series!