by Katrina Snow
Series: A Zafarian Novel #1
Published on November 7, 2015 by KL Andersen
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Lady Katherine Durant has perfected the art of hiding her Gifts—a valuable skill in a land where any hint of sorcery could lead to the burning stake. But, hiding her Gifts isn’t the same as not using them, and that troublesome difference has led to capture each time she’s run from her uncle.
Now, using a newly-discovered spell, she binds her powers and flees again—this time for her life. Unfortunately, her plan to hide as a maid in a distant kingdom goes awry when she unwittingly gets entered into a festival competition for the hand of a prince—a man with a wicked kiss and a sense of adventure that rivals her own.
All she’s ever hoped for is a quiet existence as a servant, never imagining she could find laughter and belonging and love. And now the mischievous prince has her dreaming of all those things.
With a bounty on her head, sorcerers closing in, and a prince threatening to steal her heart, could it finally be time to stop running? Time to trust? Time to love?
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I haven’t read many romances that venture this far into the realm of fantasy but it’s a cross-over I’m interested to check out more after reading Forbidden. There’s magic, a bit of steamy romance, a prince (of course), and a decent amount of action — well, at least for some of the book.
The beginning of the book led me to believe that the story wouldn’t follow the typical “princely” romance plot where the female protagonist falls for the prince, he falls for her, but for whatever reason(s) they can’t be together. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened and it’s a shame because I really wasn’t a fan of said prince. I read plenty of romances and it’s one thing for the character to be of the rakish sort and fully acknowledge it but generally it’s not at the expense of the leading lady like it was here. He was so easy to dislike that I never accepted their romance despite his change of personality closer to the end of the book.
Kate was an interesting enough protagonist but I didn’t really feel one way or another about her. She was just a name on the page going through the steps of what became a predictable story. I think if I cared more about everything that happened to her, I’d have been more eager to read this book especially as there were a number of sections that seemed unnecessary or dragged on.
That said, I liked the magical and fantastical elements to the romance since it’s not something I see to this extent that often and I’d be willing to read more by this author. I finished Forbidden relatively quickly, within the span of about a day, so it wasn’t a bad book. I just expected a bit more.