Title: Of Wulf and Wynd, Part One: The Vows of Marriage
Author: Lex Luthor
Series/Number: The Kingdoms of Gyldren, #1.1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Themes: War, Violence, Political Marriage, Political Intrigue
Princess Tharon and Princess Roswynd were best of friends as kids; now they are enemies and forced to marry each other.
The Kingdom of White Sommer and the Kingdom of Wyndfeld had been united and strong. Princess Tharon of White Sommer grew up with her best friend Princess Roswynd of Wyndfeld, both having vowed to always be together. But it all came crashing down when Tharon’s mother was murdered by Roswynd’s family. The two kingdoms plunged into a dark, bloody war of revenge and hatred. After ten long years at war, the kingdoms agree to a ceasefire, but under the condition of a forced marriage between the two princesses.
Tharon becomes the Prince and Lord Commander of the White Sommer Army and a knight known as the Black Wulf. She has dedicated her life to conquering Wyndfeld and avenging her mother’s murder. Even better, she finally gets to claim Roswynd as her Omega. Now nothing can stop her from having it all.
Roswynd grew up broken and enraged over Tharon’s betrayal of their friendship pact. Now forced to marry Tharon, she is at a loss with her new wife, finding no remnants of her best friend under Tharon’s cold exterior. She gives her wedding vows to Tharon, but she knows their vows are based on lies. She will protect her kingdom from Tharon.
As Tharon and Roswynd play the game, they both discover they must choose between honoring their wedding vows or their vows to their kingdom.
Thank you to the author for a eARC of this title.
Oh where do I even start with this one. This book sucked me in and hooked me. For starters I really enjoyed the characters. Tharon was complicated and her decisions were complicated. This was definitely a classic fantasy with all the political issues that come along with warring kingdoms, but we had the complications of shared history between those two kingdoms. I will say in the start I did not like Tharon, simply for the fact that she was so driven by violence and anger. We follow two timelines, one where Tharon and Roswynd are kids and the present timeline. Over time we learn more about both characters and what as made them the way they are in the present. In the present Tharon is driven by her anger and thirst for revenge. She is hard and cold, very different from the girl we meet in the past timeline.
Roswynd is equally changed by the ten years of war between the two families and losing her best friend. It was really interesting to see her have to navigate seeing Tharon again, when they are married, and be married to her former best friend. Watching the two of them navigate that situation was infuriating in the best way. I wanted to scream at them for not just talking to each other. I think it was nice that there were two timelines and we got some context on the relationship between Tharon and Roswynd. I personally enjoyed the present timeline better but that’s mostly because I was desperate to know what would happen next. I did, however, like seeing how the two grew and changed and how their relationship to each other changed. It helped in understanding the dynamic between them.
Okay, without spoilers I just have to mention the ending, because that cliffhanger! I mean… I’m dying to know what happens next! I honestly, didn’t expect the story to go that way. I had an idea that things would hit the fan, simply because the whole reason for their marriage and their motivations meant it was bound to happen, but I did not expect what would unfold and it made me nearly scream that I couldn’t just keep reading. Needless to say, I am going to be desperately waiting for part 2.