The Movement of Rings by Nadine C. Keels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Movement of Rings Goodreads Summary
A time to remember what lies deeper than one’s fears…
The Mundayne empire has seen years of prosperity under the rule of King Aud, a man of war known the world over for his ruthlessness. Naona, a high-spirited imperial servant who holds Aud’s favor, occupies herself with pulling pranks on her peers around the king’s estate, but the time for laughter spoils when the citizens of Munda begin to oppose increasing taxation. After meeting the princess of Diachona, Naona finds herself having to choose between maintaining loyalty to her king and becoming a personal ally of another nation. With the rise of unrest in Munda, can Naona’s heart survive intact: intact enough, even, for an unforeseen chance at love with a foreign man?
The Movement of Rings starts out by portraying the relations that took place during the first book in the series, The Movement of Crowns, from the perspective of Naona a Mundayne servant of the despicable King Aud (I really didn't like King Aud, he was cruel and conceited). I liked going back to the wonderful world Nadine Keels created in her first book, being able to see the other side, and get to know some new characters, while being entertained and inspired. I have to say, once again, that I was impressed with how much happens in this series of novella's. While they may be shorter, that doesn't make them any less eventful and entertaining.
I liked how Naona was so feisty, and that even after all she had been through, she still had a mostly positive outlook on life. Her witty banter and pranks were entertaining and at times humorous. Throughout the book we see her journey of finding the hope and joy that she thought she had lost. Will she be able to trust the right people and help her nation? Can she learn to love?
I look forward to reading the next book in this series, though I'm sad that it is the last.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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