Breathless by Sarah Sanders

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Short, sweet and sexy – we loved this book. Lara is a movie star whose career has crashed and burnt. She is in the throes o...

Princess of Dorsa (The Chronicles of Dorsa #1) by Eliza Andrews, Performed by Elizabeth Saydah (Audiobook)


This is an epic fantasy which is so immersive that we kind of checked out of all other parts of our life till we finished it. And at the end of the book, we’ve just not had enough. We absolutely need more.

Nineteen-year-old Princess Natasia (Tasia), daughter of Emperor Andreth, ruler of the Four Realms, is a typical getting-into-trouble and pushing-boundaries type of teen. She’s developed quite a reputation for sleeping with too many lordlings, for being rash, reckless and wilful. Things start changing when there is an assassination attempt on Tasia while she is returning from one of her night time, sneak-out trysts. The first precautionary measure is getting the princess a personal body guard who’ll be with her 24x7. The bodyguard is the stoic Josyln of Terinto whom Tasia describes as her ‘sword carrying wet nurse’. Tasia is particularly unhappy with the addition of a bodyguard in her life because unbeknownst to all, she has a deeply emotional and sexual relationship with her handmaiden, Mylla. Things get even more complicated when the Emperor makes Tasia his heir. With someone already trying to kill Tasia and dissatisfaction over an unending war going on in the east of the realm there are muted noises which could mean a rebellion in the kingdom.

Tasia, the Princess of Dorsa, is immediately likeable from the very first scene. Tasia’s character undergoes a huge character arc in the book. We quite love (and there are moments when we are in love with) Tasia. She is a fully realised and three dimensional character with plusses and minuses but always, always real. We also liked the fact that Tasia is clearly physically bisexual but emotionally gay since she only has strong emotional responses to women. This is a truth that is seldom (if ever) written. Joscyln is unfolded slowly and sympathetically. She kept reminding us of Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones and while we expected (the chemistry between them is great from word go), we weren’t totally convinced about a romance between Tasia and Joscyln. However, with excellent build-up, by the time the two get together, it is totally convincing. It is quite q win for the author that even Mylla is someone we could feel for and sympathise with despite her great betrayal. There are political machinations, historical realities of racism, patriarchy, political alliances and then there are elements of fantasy introduced in the latter half of the book. The only real problem with the book is that it got over.

The voice actor, Elizabeth Saydah gives a fantastic performance and kept us utterly and completely hooked for the 15+ hours.

This is one helluva fantastic read.


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