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Hereafter (The Lost Princesses) Paperback – October 29, 2019
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- Publisher : Northern Lights Press (October 29, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 306 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1733753435
- ISBN-13 : 978-1733753432
- Reading age : 13 - 18 years
- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.77 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #629,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall this series was a mixed bag for me, book 2 has a very coveted spot on my Goodreads favorites shelf, a shelf that does not get new arrivals often, I loved it that much, but the rest were all 3 star reads for me. I would probably still recommend it, and I loved that they all were released together over a couple months instead of years, but book 2 is probably the only one I'd truly want to read again in the future.
Book 2 -Maribel hardly reflects on her calling as a nun or the fact of what happened to the nuns along with Wade who was murdered who raised her and where left behind and as she recklessly leads Edmund around by at the nose, first to old Convent where they miraculously, quickly, find a piece of a map hidden for centuries and then the dangerous death labrinyth where they enter without a care. Sadly, Edmund, her boyhood friend is a weak-willed individual, with no common sense and who all of always gives into Maribel, despite Maribel's selfish actions which gets them into one perilous situation after another. Would such young woman dedicated to healing and serving God be so irresponsible and reckless? I am disappointed with character depth. Astonishingly, Edmund becomes a miraculous and adept hero who easily kills multiple Elite skilled soldiers that have years of training/training being brutal enforcers and little compunction. The character development is sadly lacking for both Maribel and Edmund and could have been done so much better.
Unfortunately, Book 3 is no better. Emmeline the heroine is said to be so happy, content with her adopted parents and the love of her pet fox. However, after she captured, she takes to her captor (Rex) so quickly, never-minding that it was he who threatened to torture her parents, had a man tortured so brutally (which she sees at his camp) and who forces her to marry him for selfish purposes of the king and himself (to appease the king). Never, she never contemplates the brutality when she being taken back to the king's castle on a many day horseback ride. She makes weak attempts at escape and when her captor rescues from a second stupid attempt, she pretty much falls in love with him after a few days. This really is a disappointing example to set for young women. If a guy is handsome, an abusive brute and a captor who saves you, then you develops love attraction to him, succumb like a weak-willed lovesick girl to his touch. Never mind she's exhausted, hungry, moderately injured, been riding a horse for days on end, squeezed into a saddle in front of her captor (when not used to riding and should not even be able to walk with all the bruising from the front of the saddle along with her bottom). So unbelievable. Emmeline seems to forget way too quickly about the adopted parents she left behind, no homesickness, fails to contemplate that Rex's dad (King Ethelwulf), the heinously brutal king who had her biological royal parents murdered, their dead bodies display on outside royal castle walls, when she was not even a day old as King Ethelwulf stormed their castle and pretty much tortured, murdered everyone in sight. Jody much have written these books without much feedback. I do like her writing but disappointed. I feel at the reader deserves so much more.
The Lost Princesses #3
By Jody Hedlund
Emmeline has always known she was one of the lost princesses of Mercia. For the last 18 years, she has been raised by the very people who saved her and her sisters from the blade of King Ethelwulf. But the time has come to leave all she's known and join with her sisters in their attempt to reclaim the throne that rightfully belongs to Queen Adelaide Constance. But Emmeline fears that she hasn't the courage to face the coming war, she wants nothing more than to continue living the life she has always known. But change is coming whether she wants it to or not.
Prince Ethelrex (Rex), as the elder son of King Ethelwulf, is heir to the throne of the united Kingdom of Bryttania. But to secure his position and to stop the rebellion, Rex has been tasked by his father to secure the remaining princess and marry Emmeline upon capturing her. But finding this hidden away princess is no easy task as he is in a race against Queen Adelaide's rebels in securing her and her key to the ancient treasure of Solomon.
Forced into a marriage she doesn't want Emmeline wonders if this is her purpose to be a means to bring peace to the land and avoid the bloodshed war is sure to bring. Or is she merely a tool to be manipulated by King Ethelwulf to destroy her sisters? And Rex's promise that he meant his marriage vows - manipulation or truth? Emmeline's future and her heart depend on who Rex truly is.
Hereafter is the conclusion to the Lost Princess series and it is a series that must be read in order as each book builds upon what came before. For those who have read Always, we get to catch up on the life that Felicia and Lance took to protect the three princesses. The book and series end in such a way that it should prove satisfactory to almost everyone. And yes this book continues the clean YA standard those familiar with Jody Hedlund's YA works expect and appreciate. This is one series you don't want to miss.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.