Review: Taliaschild

Taliaschild by Anastasia Vitsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TaliaschildSix years after the mysterious talisman brought Queen Vina to Talia, it chooses a new owner in Sonna, a child of the streets. Unprotected by her amputee father and beaten by her mother for failing to bring home scraps for the family to eat, Sonna runs into the self-assured Kira, daughter and heir to Vina’s queendom.

Weary of endless rules and duties involved in training to become the future queen, Kira leaps at the chance to escape with a new friend. When she places the priceless talisman around Sonna’s neck, neither can remove the jewelry.

Alarmed at Kira losing the talisman’s protection, Vina and Talia take drastic steps to protect the princess. In the process, the entire earth descends into chaos.

Five years later, nineteen-year-old Sonna forages for two-day-old fish heads while dodging street pimps. The talisman leads her to the mysterious Nicodemus, who offers one command:

“Go to Kira. She needs you.”

Baffled, Sonna embarks on her journey. What can a pauper offer a spoiled princess? Will the street child end up surprising them all?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is a sequel to Taliasman. Another story based on a fairytale, this time the Snow Queen, with a hint of Disney’s Frozen.

I thought the characters were excellent and I really liked Sonna, the street urchin. Kira was a bit of a spoilt brat but it was somewhat understandable.

I could have done without the visual of two-day-old fish heads but it certainly makes one appreciate access to plentiful, tasty, fresh food.

As is her wont, Ms. Vitsky likes to play with word choice and skip backwards and forwards in time, creating a believable world. Scenes are painted with enough description to imagine but leaving room to fill in the details yourself.

There is some spanking and love making at the end but it is sweet and innocent, rather like the girls themselves.

Another great book which is well worth checking out.

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