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A Kingdom of Stars and Shadows by Holly Renee ~ Review


From beginning to end, A Kingdom of Stars and Shadows is completely enthralling. Renee never ceases to astound me, but this one-of-a-kind new fantasy world she’s created is a true testament to her talent.

Fantasy requires a special talent because the author has freedom that is not possible when creating a story within a “human” world, and Renee took that liberty to a whole new level.

Adara is forced into a role she despises, and while she can’t seem to get out of it, she isn’t going to bow down to anyone. She was fierce and strong, and her personality was magical. She had been led to believe certain things, but we get a front-row seat as she embarks on a journey to discover who she truly is.

Renee is the deity of possessive alpha-book boyfriends. Evren was a possessive, dirty-talking, and protective god. He effortlessly transitioned from ovary exploding swoony to panty-melting alpha. He was as enticing as he was addictive.

Adara and Evren’s chemistry could be felt in the air before they ever met. The moment they were near each other, you could feel the intensity they shared. As their connection grew stronger, there was an electricity that could be felt pulsing through the pages.

This is a “cancel real life” book. As you become immersed in this world, the storyline is truly enchanting. Renee’s storytelling skills allow reality to fade away, immersing you in the magical world she’s created. You’ll want to devour every word in order to see how everything unfolds, but you’ll also want to slow down and savor every word in order to avoid reaching the end. 

The story of A Kingdom of Stars and Shadows is unlike anything I’ve read in a long time. Renee infused each word with her own brand of magic. An enthralling blend of electrifying chemistry, a fierce heroine, a possessive AF alpha, tantalizing twists and enchanting turns, and steam, all set in a world as magical as the world itself. Renee instilled a tremendous sense of awe in me with each turn of a page.

Renee proves her creative talent is endless. This world is unique and she’s made it her own in every way. I’ve never read anything like it. None of my words will do justice to the extent of Renee’s talent or this amazing world she’s created.

**Side note: Clearly, this is fantasy, but whether a book is set inside a human world or one where an author takes hold of creative liberties and creates an entirely made up story in order to become immersed in the story, I find that in order to do so, I need to believe what the author is telling me. The author has to follow the “rules” they set out for their world. Especially in the case of fantasy, I need to feel as though the story is more “plausible” in the world it’s set in. 


Destiny or desire?

Where does your allegiance lie?

I am told my union to the crowned prince will determine the fate of the kingdom, but it isn’t my betrothed who haunts my dreams. It’s the half-breed prince who stands at his side.

He is darkness and sin, and when he whispers promises of wickedness in my ear, I crave a man who I can’t have.

Every thought I have is treasonous. The way my hands ache to touch him deceitful.

Even my dreams make me a traitor to the kingdom I am sworn to protect.

But when the kingdom is attacked, I am forced to make choices I’m not prepared for. Our lies and deception are entangled in the shadows and stars, and as they unravel so shall my fate. Betray a kingdom or betray my heart.

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