Lunaria: Kara Douglas *Review*

Cover image of Lunaria by Kara Douglas is in the centre of an image of a medieval fortress. Added text: Can Amira escape her father's clutches and gain her freedom?

Genres: New Adult, NA Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy | Release Date: 20 August 2023 | Series: The Unraveled Fate | Series Book: #1 | Pages: 386 | Indie Author | Review

“I don’t want power. I want freedom. And one day I will find it.”

Kara Douglas

Overview:

A huge thank you goes to Book Sirens and Kara Douglas for letting me read a copy of Lunaria, an incredible NA fantasy debut! This tale is the first book in The Unraveled Fate series, and is going to be just the thing for readers who enjoy the slow burn, forced proximity and found family tropes. Want to know more? Let’s give you an overview!

Amira has longed for freedom, ever since she could remember. Desperate to get away from her father’s clutches and be in charge of her own fate, Amira devises a plan to escape… But then the King invites the nobles to his castle, so that the unwed can find their perfect match. And Amira goes from having just one powerful person dictating her every move, to an entire court. What secret is the Prince and his right-hand man hiding from her? Is a powerful magic, long banned from the kingdom, about to return? And what did Amira’s father hide from her, which could turn everything upside down?

Cover image of Lunaria by Kara Douglas is to the bottom left of an image of a medieval castle and fortress. Added text: Amira thinks she knows whom she can trust... But what if she's only ever been told lies?
By the end of Lunaria, I was begging for more pages so I could keep reading!

Happiness Boost:

Lunaria gives us one of my absolute favourite tropes in found family, and I’m so glad Amira has Opal and Linnick in her corner! Her father, the Royal Merchant, is a slimy kind of man and she deserves so much better than this manipulative worm for her family. When Amira enters the castle, she also catches the attention of Prince Adrian’s friend and advisor, Graylen. Is it possible to have a frenemy? Absolutely! And I love how you’re never sure of where this morally grey male’s allegiance lies.

Kara has carefully threaded a mystery throughout this NA romantic fantasy, concerning outlawed magic and the Penyth kingdom. We’re warned that nothing is ever as it seems, and along with Amira we are taken on a risky, heart-pounding journey for the truth behind the façade. I’m not going to give away any spoilers if I can help it, so I’ll just tell you this: trust no one, because by the end of this novel? I was blindsided. But that’s a good thing!

Let me just list a few of my favourite things about this novel, okay? In Lunaria we have forced proximity, slow burn, found family, enemies to lovers… Honestly, the list could (and does) go on! We also get a *massive* dash of mystery and intrigue, magic and heartbreak. Glitterbugs, this NA fantasy is like a mixing pot for the best tropes and I couldn’t be happier! How could you go past this?!

Downside:

Although it took me a little while to truly feel invested in Lunaria, by the time I got to the end? I was so sad that I now have to wait to learn what comes next for Amira!

Final Thoughts:

Lunaria by indie author Kara Douglas is a NA romantic fantasy featuring enemies to lovers, found family and a mystery to entice any reader. I’m really, really excited to see what comes next for Amira and Gray, as well as the other characters we’ve met along the way! If you’ve loved what you’ve heard from my review? Just click on any of the links below to get a copy! Happy reading, glitterbugs!

You can order Lunaria via these links:

Amazon | Blackwell’s | Booktopia | Fishpond

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