Publication Date: August 15, 2013
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Synopsis: Seventeen year old Rosalind Rowan was born a princess, the apple of her father's eye. She loves the thick forests and lush meadows of the Forested Land. She is sometimes selfish and reckless, but she is also kind and loves fearlessly. Rosalind-who is known to everyone but the Queen as Rose-is desperately in love with Gavin Ashford, the dashing and intriguing son of an important lord. She wants nothing more than to marry Gavin and live in a country manor, far away from court. Because once her older sister marries, Rosalind must take up the position of Regent of the Forested Land. But things aren't always simple. When Rosalind uncovers abilities she should never have and sickness tears through the kingdom, the ordered world Rosalind thought she knew threatens to crash around her.
Review: Princess Rosalind (Rose) Rowan is the second daughter of the King and Queen, in line for Regent of the Forested Land when her older sister marries. She’s madly in love with her betrothed, Gavin Ashford, and enjoys being her own person. Rose is smart, well-liked, learned, diplomatic, and possesses an amount of magical power only the heir should have. Suddenly, a deadly illness sweeps the kingdom and results in Rose becoming the heir to the kingdom. She must fulfill the duties and obligations of that role, no matter how she feels about it. Thick with intrigue and treason, Rose’s world is suddenly changed and she’s not sure she’s ready. Rose must take a stand to save herself and her father’s kingdom, no matter the cost.
THE FOREST’S HEIR is a solid fantasy novel with a very well-rounded and likable main character in Rose. She’s a complex person who, over the course of the book, had to mature beyond her years. While I didn't always agree with her choices/actions, I felt for her and definitely rooted for her to succeed. The world the author has created is multi-faceted and magical, but done so well that the reader doesn’t have to suspend disbelief too deeply in order to enjoy the story. Filled with action, intrigue, romance, and magic, THE FOREST’S HEIR will transport readers to an elegantly dangerous world. I am more than eager to read the next book in this series!