Radiance (Wraith Kings #1)

She was ugly; she was beautiful, and she was his.

Grace Draven
Wraith Kings, book one
ebook, 296 pages
Published January 13th 2015
ISBN 9781506119717


Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.


Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

There's nothing quite like meeting one's future spouse -completely ignorant of their identity, mind you- and the first common ground they vocalize is how repugnant they find one another's appearance. "Hideous" and "A hag of a woman".

Through honesty and wit, the two manage to charm each other and thus a love story is born as Brishen and Ildiko find that there may be hope for this marriage yet.

I'm new to Grace Draven and actually stumbled upon her work when I found a search titled "More authors like Grace Draven." And yes, after reading this, that is certainly something I, too, am looking for. It's refreshingly different, and I couldn't have fallen faster for a character like Brishen. Total swoon-worthy.

4 out of 5 stars.

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