Feral Guardian: Ember Holt *Review*

Cover image of Feral Guardian by Ember Holt is in the centre of an image of a tree under a starry night. Added text: Just how far will Lily go to get away from her birthright?

Genres: Dark Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Fantasy | Release Date: 30 January 2024 | Series: The Princesses of Ruin | Series Book: #2 | Pages: 345 | Indie Author | Review

“Why do you torment me?”

Ember Holt

Overview:

A huge thank you goes to indie author Ember Holt, for letting me read an early copy of Feral Guardian! This is the second instalment in The Princesses of Ruin series, but I honestly believe you don’t need to have read book one (Brutal Rival) to enjoy this new tale. So what are we waiting for? Let’s give you an overview!

It’s been four long years since Lily has seen her bodyguard, Alastair. Having been sent to a royal academy to learn how to be a ‘proper’ princess, Lily’s passed the time by terrifying peers and teachers alike with her pranks. But now it’s time for Alastair to bring Lily home. The only trouble? That means she’s ready to be married. And Lily has only ever wanted freedom. Honour bound to serve as her knight, Alastair is also tied to Lily by a prophecy of ruin. Although he’s tempted to act on their mutual desire, a darkness will befall the kingdom if the princess doesn’t become queen. So what happens when pirates wrench Lily away from her knight? Will Alastair risk the ruin of everything? And what part does Lily’s magic have to play?

Cover image of Feral Guardian by Ember Holt is to the bottom left of a starry, dark blue night vista. Added text: Lily is determined to wear down Alastair's resistance... Will her bodyguard crumble when faced with the princess' desire?
Super spicy? Check. Immersive story? Check.
Feral Guardian is a wonderful read!

Happiness Boost:

Feral Guardian is such a rollicking read! Lily is a sassy, fierce young lady and I absolutely love her resourcefulness. But honestly, this should come as no surprise to me. With every book Ember’s written so far, we get plucky heroines who fight for what they believe in. However, Lily has to do things to survive which I don’t think I could ever stomach. In my eyes? This princess is a warrior in every sense of the word, and I just want a HEA for her. She deserves it!

Let’s talk about tropes you might love in this one, shall we? You get *super* spice, age gap, forced proximity. You also get only one horse, forbidden romance, mentor/mentee. I could go on, but let’s leave a few things as a surprise. Suffice to say, if any of these things appeal to you, and you also want a fantasy romance with Victorian era vibes for a setting? This is the book for you!

This may be a weird happiness boost but… Alastair’s bond with his horse, Kor’Tar? I love it! It’s almost like Sven and Kristoff in Frozen, but Alastair is a much broodier hero. There’s just something special about the bond between a character and their animal though, so of course I was cheering for it! And Kor’Tar doesn’t take any nonsense from his person, which is hilarious.

Downside:

You *will* need to check your triggers for this one, glitterbugs! There’s not a lot that triggers me, but I admit the self-mutilation moment was something I skimmed.

Final Thoughts:

Feral Guardian by indie author Ember Holt is a super spicy fantasy romance of forbidden love and a dire prophecy. But again, if you haven’t read book one? Don’t stress! You can dive straight in with this second instalment in The Princesses of Ruin series! Love what you’ve heard from my review? Just click on the link below to order your copy! Happy reading, glitterbugs!

You can order Feral Guardian via this link: Amazon

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