2022 is starting off strong with a five star read, The Night’s Chosen by E.E. Hornburg. This is book one of The Cursed Queens trilogy. I chose this book on Netgalley because of the cover and because it’s a “Snow White” retelling. Snow White is my favorite princess but for some reason, I’ve never read a retelling of her story. I’m so glad that’s now changed because this book was AMAZING. As much as I would love to rave about all the details, I’m going to keep this review spoiler free.
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CHOSEN OF THE MOON GODDESS. DESTINED TO RULE. FATED TO MARRY.
A QUEST TO SAVE HER FAMILY, KINGDOM, AND HEART.
In this retelling of Snow White, for the past five years Princess Eira has run from her impending wedding. As much as she loves her goddess and kingdom, she’s searched the kingdoms for another way to rule as queen someday while also choosing her own husband. Yet, Eira’s claim to the crown falls into jeopardy when her father, King Brennus, is poisoned and fated to a sleep of living death and Eira is next on the assassin’s hit list – who happens to be her stepmother, Queen Amelia. After Eira escapes Queen Amelia’s clutches she journeys to the northern Paravian mountains in search of an enchanted cup to save her father.
Yet Eira’s quest is more than she anticipated with evading Queen Amelia’s guards, traveling with the one man she shouldn’t be with, and having to bargain with the ancient dragon guarding the enchanted cup. She’ll have to decide how to save her family and kingdom, even if it means sacrificing her heart and all she’s wanted her whole life.
- Rating- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Heat Level- 🔥🔥🔥🔥
The Night’s Chosen had everything I look for in a New Adult fantasy.
- Well written? ✔
- Excellent world building? ✔
- Well-rounded characters with flaws? ✔
- Tension and drama? ✔
- Steamy romance? ✔✔✔
I know that raving reviews can be less fun to read than ranting ones but guys, I really loved this book. It had the perfect amount of “Snow White” references, like the fair princess and evil stepmother, without being a complete rip off of the original. I would say there was even a tad bit of Frozen in there; mainly the relationship between sisters and some really cool (pun intended) ice magic. It had a romance that I’m now ✨obsessed✨ with and I’m honestly just obsessed with this world in general.
I spoke with E.E. Hornburg over on Instagram and she let me know that the second book, The Shadow’s Heir, will be released in May. I will most definitely be reading and reviewing it as soon as possible. Also, I’m trying to upload more on Tiktok, mainly bookish aesthetics, and I made one for this book! If you’re interested in that, you can see it here. I think that’s everything but let me know if this sounds like a story you’d be interested in! Thanks for reading and have a great day!