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Gwendafyn is slowly suffocating. As the second princess of the elves of Lessa she is the acting regent of her people and is expected to behave with the serene grace and poise of a model elf. But that is not who she is. Instead, her very character is constantly criticized as being too passionate, too fiery, and overall “too much”. The former Crown Prince of the human coun Gwendafyn is slowly suffocating. As the second princess of the elves of Lessa she is the acting regent of her people and is expected to behave with the serene grace and poise of a model elf. But that is not who she is. Instead, her very character is constantly criticized as being too passionate, too fiery, and overall “too much”. The former Crown Prince of the human country of Calnor, Benjimir’s disinheritance has permanently altered his future and place in court. It gets worse. He is forced to watch as the woman he has secretly loved his whole life narrows down her marriage prospects. He may ordinarily revel in his own ruthlessness, but this feels like his heart is dying. Gwendafyn is given a chance to flee the role that has ensnared her when she realizes there is one escape that not even her family traditions can prevent: marriage to a human from Calnor. With most humans and elves unable to speak the same language, her options are limited. She starts to lose hope when the human translators only see her title and treat her with fear and awe. Yet there is one other human who can speak the language of the elves: the scorned Prince Benjimir. But Gwendafyn isn’t that desperate. At least not yet. It starts as a marriage of convenience and an opportunity to strengthen the bond between their two peoples. But what if it could become something more? ROYAL MAGIC is a clean romance set in an epic fantasy world filled with elves and magic. If you love sweet romances, humorous stories, and fantastic adventures you’ll love the Elves of Lessa series. Download a sample or buy it today!


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Gwendafyn is slowly suffocating. As the second princess of the elves of Lessa she is the acting regent of her people and is expected to behave with the serene grace and poise of a model elf. But that is not who she is. Instead, her very character is constantly criticized as being too passionate, too fiery, and overall “too much”. The former Crown Prince of the human coun Gwendafyn is slowly suffocating. As the second princess of the elves of Lessa she is the acting regent of her people and is expected to behave with the serene grace and poise of a model elf. But that is not who she is. Instead, her very character is constantly criticized as being too passionate, too fiery, and overall “too much”. The former Crown Prince of the human country of Calnor, Benjimir’s disinheritance has permanently altered his future and place in court. It gets worse. He is forced to watch as the woman he has secretly loved his whole life narrows down her marriage prospects. He may ordinarily revel in his own ruthlessness, but this feels like his heart is dying. Gwendafyn is given a chance to flee the role that has ensnared her when she realizes there is one escape that not even her family traditions can prevent: marriage to a human from Calnor. With most humans and elves unable to speak the same language, her options are limited. She starts to lose hope when the human translators only see her title and treat her with fear and awe. Yet there is one other human who can speak the language of the elves: the scorned Prince Benjimir. But Gwendafyn isn’t that desperate. At least not yet. It starts as a marriage of convenience and an opportunity to strengthen the bond between their two peoples. But what if it could become something more? ROYAL MAGIC is a clean romance set in an epic fantasy world filled with elves and magic. If you love sweet romances, humorous stories, and fantastic adventures you’ll love the Elves of Lessa series. Download a sample or buy it today!

30 review for Royal Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Fantastic! Fyn and Ben are delightful and their story is engrossing. I couldn't envision how Benjimir from Red Rope of Fate was going to work as the hero of this book but now I can't picture anyone else as Gwendafyn's match. Fyn is a fun, wild character whose personality is in danger of being suffocated by the expectations of others. Ben is exactly who she needs to grow into her full self. The joy is reading as their carefully plotted fictitious romance grows into reality. Quite a few memorable c Fantastic! Fyn and Ben are delightful and their story is engrossing. I couldn't envision how Benjimir from Red Rope of Fate was going to work as the hero of this book but now I can't picture anyone else as Gwendafyn's match. Fyn is a fun, wild character whose personality is in danger of being suffocated by the expectations of others. Ben is exactly who she needs to grow into her full self. The joy is reading as their carefully plotted fictitious romance grows into reality. Quite a few memorable characters from Red Rope of Fate reappear here. Lessa is still a mystery but some of Calnor explored, which means more details left for future stories. Don't worry if you haven't read Red Rope of Fate, just start this story as soon as possible then go back to the earlier book. KM Shea pulled off a story that I didn't anticipate and that I now tremendously enjoy. I might even like it just a bit more than the first book. Hoping for more stories in Lessa and Calnor as the Humans and Lesser Elves continue to interact.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Mingerink

    Yes, I read this book in one day. Stayed up late and everything, but I don't regret it. I was worried when this book came out that it wouldn't live up to the first book. I loved that one (re-read it several times) and it has been so many years. I wondered if the author would be able to recapture the same feel as the first one. I really shouldn't have worried. This book was amazing! And I think I might even like it better than the first one, which is saying a lot. All of the characters we loved f Yes, I read this book in one day. Stayed up late and everything, but I don't regret it. I was worried when this book came out that it wouldn't live up to the first book. I loved that one (re-read it several times) and it has been so many years. I wondered if the author would be able to recapture the same feel as the first one. I really shouldn't have worried. This book was amazing! And I think I might even like it better than the first one, which is saying a lot. All of the characters we loved from the first book are back, even if they aren't main characters. Tari and Arion get a lot of screen time, and it has the perfect balance between including them a lot yet not letting them take over from the main characters. Not that Gwendafyn and Benjimir would let that happen easily. Both of them have such BIG personalities they take over the scenes they are in. I adored Benjimir's character arc. It was so, so, so well done! There was one point where it seemed like his switch between brooding to being more loving to Fyn happened rather quickly and I wished we'd had a scene from his POV to show what he'd been thinking when he'd been gone hunting bandits to have the chance happen, but that was my only minor complaint about the book. This is definitely a favorite, and a sure re-read in the future! Re-Read Review: I've now re-read this book multiple times! I absolutely adore it! Benjimir and Gwendafyn are just so, so, so adorable!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    “There is nothing inherently bad in having power. The bigger question is how one uses that power.” Dang took me long enough to get to this one- but I'm glad I finally did read it! I really enjoyed this couple so much together, and I was glad that we got another human male and fae female paring. Considering that in a lot of books its usually the man that is fae. Also, I really liked each of them as individuals. They both were kind of conniving and calculating, but at the same time had “There is nothing inherently bad in having power. The bigger question is how one uses that power.” Dang took me long enough to get to this one- but I'm glad I finally did read it! I really enjoyed this couple so much together, and I was glad that we got another human male and fae female paring. Considering that in a lot of books its usually the man that is fae. Also, I really liked each of them as individuals. They both were kind of conniving and calculating, but at the same time had a core of cute. Considering Benjimir was a total jerk in the last book- I ended up totally buying this slow burn romance first based on pretense, but ending in a real connection. Also, Also when Fyn (view spoiler)[ ends up releasing her powers? Oh man, I legit got serious chills. It was not the strike of a storm, but the awakening, the rekindling of a magic not seen on the continent in centuries. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Schwartz

    "Royal Magic" by KM Shea is the sequel to "Red Rope of Fate" and I would recommend reading the first book first, but you could enjoy "Royal Magic" on its own. This book has to tread the difficult path of turning a villain into a hero - and KM Shea manages it really well. Benjimir's personality is explained and accepted via the heroine's point of view and actually becomes part of why she loves him. This matching of two difficult characters is a lovely part of the book. There is also plenty of act "Royal Magic" by KM Shea is the sequel to "Red Rope of Fate" and I would recommend reading the first book first, but you could enjoy "Royal Magic" on its own. This book has to tread the difficult path of turning a villain into a hero - and KM Shea manages it really well. Benjimir's personality is explained and accepted via the heroine's point of view and actually becomes part of why she loves him. This matching of two difficult characters is a lovely part of the book. There is also plenty of action, entertaining characters and solid world building. A very satisfying fantasy novel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wretched

    delicious finally some good fucking food

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I did really like this it just doesn't compare to the 1st book. The whole "try to make the bad guy from the first book the good guy in this book" ploy just didn't work well for me. There was a romance here that I missed. I loved the rest of the book but the romance part just fell a little short. This is a great story. The whole idea of the Elves of Lessa and the Humans who protect them is very well done. I also love the main characters and supporting cast. It was great to see more of Arion and T I did really like this it just doesn't compare to the 1st book. The whole "try to make the bad guy from the first book the good guy in this book" ploy just didn't work well for me. There was a romance here that I missed. I loved the rest of the book but the romance part just fell a little short. This is a great story. The whole idea of the Elves of Lessa and the Humans who protect them is very well done. I also love the main characters and supporting cast. It was great to see more of Arion and Tari. This is a Young Adult book. There is a bit of violence and some kisses. 12 and up.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Narnian

    I will admit, I got this kindle book for two reasons: 1. The guy on the cover is cute (he looks like one of the characters in my wip) 2. I tried reading from this author before and struggled through the first few chapters and was curious to see if her writing improved from the book I had (it was like a seven year writing difference I believe). It did improve! 5 stars as a love-y-dovey Christian clean romance fiction. Probably 4 stars or less if I thought it was adventure and not a romance. Fyn I ac I will admit, I got this kindle book for two reasons: 1. The guy on the cover is cute (he looks like one of the characters in my wip) 2. I tried reading from this author before and struggled through the first few chapters and was curious to see if her writing improved from the book I had (it was like a seven year writing difference I believe). It did improve! 5 stars as a love-y-dovey Christian clean romance fiction. Probably 4 stars or less if I thought it was adventure and not a romance. Fyn I actually really liked in the very first chapter (which almost never happens to me with girl protaganists). I liked her. :D So I know this is a series, but I didn't read the first book, apparently Ben did something bad in the first book, but I don't really know what it is besides trying to separate two characters. Apparently it gave him the label as sneaky/conniving, and everyone calls him that in this book, but he never really does anything sneaky? I wish he did, because it would have been cool. Unfortunately, I didn't like him as much as I know I could have. I like stern bois, but I guess I like them written in a certain way... ugh I don't know. :P He was okay. There were quite a few awesome parts that made me smile. The friendships. Translation errors. Etc. I enjoyed it. And the declaration of love scene near the end. Lol. I did think in the fight scene, it would have been cool if the character who was captured would have been hurt and it would have been harder to save that person. Just for the feelz. Last note, there were quite a lot of "hand on her waist, breath on neck" sorta things. I mean, the characters are married but they didn't know that they both liked each other then... plus, bleh. I don't like that. I know it is in the romance genre and is expected. It could have been bad and it wasn't, so I guess it was fine? I just don't like it as much. It was clean. No language. Some magic but not much and only in a few scenes. A few kisses but only one slightly described. Sorta lust after one character but it goes away later. Better than I expected.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Roaringwave

    Am I the only one who will read anything about fae or elves as long as it isn't erotica? Am I the only one who will read anything about fae or elves as long as it isn't erotica?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gena

    Excellent book. Benjimir and Gwen's relationship was fantastic. It's a little over the top the magic ants you see it coming but you're enjoying it so much you don't mind :) A light fun read for a rainy afternoon. Re-read today after reading book one of the series. I didn't much like book one however it did help me to understand some elements of this one and allowed me to enjoy this one more. Excellent book. Benjimir and Gwen's relationship was fantastic. It's a little over the top the magic ants you see it coming but you're enjoying it so much you don't mind :) A light fun read for a rainy afternoon. Re-read today after reading book one of the series. I didn't much like book one however it did help me to understand some elements of this one and allowed me to enjoy this one more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vendethiel

    This book has 3 major problems: 1. World building. The book feels like the author didn't quite know what she wanted her world to look like, so she just put in vague things with the intention of going back and expanding on them, but then never did. The elves and humans have huge differences and marriage between them is going to have a lot of issues. What are the differences? What are the issues? How do they overcome them? We never know. We never get there. There's magic. Well, different kinds of m This book has 3 major problems: 1. World building. The book feels like the author didn't quite know what she wanted her world to look like, so she just put in vague things with the intention of going back and expanding on them, but then never did. The elves and humans have huge differences and marriage between them is going to have a lot of issues. What are the differences? What are the issues? How do they overcome them? We never know. We never get there. There's magic. Well, different kinds of magic. What's the difference? Why do they matter? How does it matter? Yeah, we don't get there either. Fyn (the protagonist) is going to do lots of things. So many things. What does she actually do? Lessons and parties... 2. Writing. Some of the sentences are just awkward and weird. Also, the characters will talk very formally one moment and then throw in a very modern phrase the next, it is quite jarring and doesn't make sense. There is no reason they talk formally and then informally - not like Court rules or close friends - it just doesn't make sense. We spend a lot (a lot, a lot) of time in the character's heads. Like...a lot, a lot. Then there is the repetition. So much repetition. I think we were told 5 times in the first few chapters about Ben's mistake in the previous book. (We were not, however, told why he did that...or given his point of view on that, but more on that later.) The point is, we spend so much time hearing them think about things, things they've thought about already or that someone else thought about that it can be a struggle to read. 3. The biggest, most frustrating issue for me. We spend far too much time on social issues than on actual plot. I hate preaching in books, to begin with, but when it's social issues for a society I barely know and care even less about...ugh! This book was supposed to be my very favorite trope - the convenient marriage - a story about two people, an elf and a human, who don't trust each other, don't understand each other, overcoming differences and falling in love. Ha. Ha. Ha. This was a book about social issues instead. #disappointed I didn't care about this world I barely knew. I didn't want to hear about their decisions regarding the military. I wanted to hear about Ben and Fyn. Why did Fyn decide to trust him? What really motivated Ben's actions? How did they overcome their differences? When did they start spending time together, I mean really start? When did they start to see each other as more than a means to an end? These are questions we don't get answers to. We don't get to see them together. We don't get to care about them. I wanted the love story that overcame it all and instead I got a story about a country with social issues. And I didn't care. I honestly started skimming about halfway through only stopping for scenes with Fyn and Ben together or King Petyrr - who was honestly the best part of this whole book. I honestly wanted to love this book, I was all set to love it. But it wasn't what the blurb said, it wasn't a story about two people so very different overcoming those differences and learning to love. And I'm still not over the disappointment. If you want a book about the social issues of an imaginary country, then dive in. Otherwise, you're going to be deeply disappointed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    Goodness, this was lovely and thoroughly enjoyable. I enjoyed Royal Magic more than I thought I would. Enemies-to-lovers is a difficult trope for me—I love the idea of it, but most stories that use that trope feature couples who are too antagonistic for too long. However, when done well, this trope provides not only wonderful tension, but a thoroughly satisfying journey as we watch the couple’s relationship begin in a state where it seems unlikely they’ll fall in love, only for them to do so in Goodness, this was lovely and thoroughly enjoyable. I enjoyed Royal Magic more than I thought I would. Enemies-to-lovers is a difficult trope for me—I love the idea of it, but most stories that use that trope feature couples who are too antagonistic for too long. However, when done well, this trope provides not only wonderful tension, but a thoroughly satisfying journey as we watch the couple’s relationship begin in a state where it seems unlikely they’ll fall in love, only for them to do so in a beautiful way as they come to know one another on a deeper level. Royal Magic not only featured such a relationship, but also another of my favorite tropes—a marriage of convenience, all set against a unique fantasy setting, a world where humans and elves mingle. I really liked both Gwendafyn and Benjimir. I don’t normally like troubled heroes nursing a broken heart over a lost love, but it worked well here. Benjimir had a fantastic character arc that helped him grow from the man he used to be, and his relationship with Gwen was spectacular. Gwen was such a fun character whose personality is in danger of being suffocated by the expectations of others. Although they married for mutual benefit, Benjamir was such a supportive husband who helped his wife grow into her true self in order for her to stretch her wings. In turn, Gwen was also such a loving and supportive influence for him. Their relationship developed into something truly beautiful—full of friendship, respect, support, and love. I adored watching their relationship develop. This is one of the rare moments for me where I actually wish Goodreads had half stars because this was almost a full five star read for me. The only thing that made me hesitate in giving it that rating was the section of the story that focused on a battle and action-focused scenes are not to my tastes. Although I could have done without that part, I loved everything else about this delightful story that I’m setting that issue aside, for Royal Magic was truly a thoroughly enjoyable, sweet, and adorable read, one I’ll definitely reread.

  12. 5 out of 5

    MissFaerieKaiti

    Once upon a time in a faraway land, an odd duckling Elf princess proposes a marriage of convenience to a disgraced human prince. To her surprise and gratitude, he agrees. Let me say up front that my absolute FAVORITE part of this book is how Benjimir is so SUPPORTIVE of Gwendafyn. They married for mutual benefit, and both before and after they grew closer together, that baseline of mutual respect and support NEVER FALTERED. Readers of the previous book, Red Rope of Fate, may remember how Arion so Once upon a time in a faraway land, an odd duckling Elf princess proposes a marriage of convenience to a disgraced human prince. To her surprise and gratitude, he agrees. Let me say up front that my absolute FAVORITE part of this book is how Benjimir is so SUPPORTIVE of Gwendafyn. They married for mutual benefit, and both before and after they grew closer together, that baseline of mutual respect and support NEVER FALTERED. Readers of the previous book, Red Rope of Fate, may remember how Arion so hated for Tari to be in combat, and that hasn't changed in this book. While he admittedly had solid points (she can't really fight against humans until she can prove they're not from Calnor, and (view spoiler)[her fight against her cousin was just as emotionally brutal as physically brutal (hide spoiler)] , and in this book she's pregnant or a new mother), I just really can't stress enough how refreshing it was to see Benjimir back Gwendafyn up each time she wanted to stretch her wings. And Gwendafyn returned in kind. It just - ahhhhh, such amaze! ^_____^ By and large, this book was such a sweet, fluffy, adorable, cozy read. There were some darker tones now and then because such happiness must be earned to have such a powerful impact, but it was still a clean read. No swearing, no sex - some violence, but nothing above a PG-13 rating. The language differences between some of the characters were fascinating, too - very well handled for something that had the potential to really drag the writing. I find it funny how both Tari and Benjimir are so proud of themselves when they find they're able to properly insult using the non-native tongue. XD Furthermore, I really enjoyed the return to this world and this cast of characters! Tari and Arion, Yvrea and Claire, Celrin and Petyr, Seer Ringali and his weaponized accessories, Arion's "minions" (though I think of them as Tari's minions xD), etc., etc. Everyone had their moments without detracting in the least from our current heroes. If you enjoyed Red Rope of Fate, I GUARANTEE you will enjoy Royal Magic.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Risa

    The blurb is what tempted me. I'd never come across a high fantasy romance before. (Didn't know the sub-genre existed.)I went into this not realising it was a second book in a series, and once I was in I didn't think I would need to have read the first book. At least, I shouldn't have needed to have read the previous book, but save for hints about the happenings in the book the first, I had no clue why Benjimir was 'sly', 'cunning' and 'conniving'. I couldn't understand how Gwendofyn was 'sly', The blurb is what tempted me. I'd never come across a high fantasy romance before. (Didn't know the sub-genre existed.)I went into this not realising it was a second book in a series, and once I was in I didn't think I would need to have read the first book. At least, I shouldn't have needed to have read the previous book, but save for hints about the happenings in the book the first, I had no clue why Benjimir was 'sly', 'cunning' and 'conniving'. I couldn't understand how Gwendofyn was 'sly', 'cunning' and 'conniving' either. The writer kept talking of things I couldn't SEE! (view spoiler)[Who were the High Elves? Why were they war mongerers? How was it that the Lesser Elves were more refined than they? What was their lifespan? How was it that Gwendofyn had special high elven magic? Why was she different from other Elves whose untapped magic faded away as they got older? Why did the magical Elves have different magical symbols apparently unique to them? (hide spoiler)] I also disliked the manner in which Gwendofyn's Aunt was summarily and rudely and unjustly dismissed. She sounded like she could have been a complex character, and she most certainly was not evil! There was a mixture of ideas here that sounded very juvenile to me. Tradition seems to take on an ogre like aspect, and all things and people 'traditional' are treated with so much disrespect. Everyone is pro self in the guise of change. I liked that Benjimir respected his wife a lot, giving Gwedofyn room to grow and discover herself while supporting her all the while. And I liked that she reciprocated likewise. But apart from that, this book was a disappointment considering the world of promise it held. Even the dialogues appeared stilted. I knew that the jokes were jokes and the caustic remarks were caustic only because the writer said so. Nothing came through in the dialogue! Overall, it was just okay.

  14. 5 out of 5

    mith

    FRIENDS I FINISHED A BOOK! I’ll take my applause later, it’s okay. Anyway. Picked this up on a whim because I saw the cover and liked it. I was not expecting it to be so charming! The writing style took some time to get used to but I think that’s my main problem with the story. It just felt like the author was detailing too much, literally spelling out things step by step instead of readers filling in the gaps. For small things, too, as if to show how she reached a certain conclusion. You know w FRIENDS I FINISHED A BOOK! I’ll take my applause later, it’s okay. Anyway. Picked this up on a whim because I saw the cover and liked it. I was not expecting it to be so charming! The writing style took some time to get used to but I think that’s my main problem with the story. It just felt like the author was detailing too much, literally spelling out things step by step instead of readers filling in the gaps. For small things, too, as if to show how she reached a certain conclusion. You know what I mean? Anyway, that and the over use of italics to show that the characters were in their head too much, my only points of complaint. To reiterate: this book was charming! It involves a marriage of convenience for Gwendafyn and Benjimir—she would have her freedom and he would be with someone where he doesn’t have to hide his ~snake ways~ and freely pine because she wouldn’t care. It’s a weird deal, but you know what? These things never last. Moving on. I adored Ben!! I mean, yeah, he smirked too often so I GET IT, you’re supposed to be the lowkey cold-prince stereotype because they never really smile and whatnot. But he’s so affectionate and it’s adorable. I liked Fyn a lot but I don’t really have much to say on her. If anything, I was really here for their budding romance and it was... sweet. Not that I was expecting mountains of angst or anything, lol, but it was sweet and developed nicely and I just really enjoyed it. Those ships that start out as theirs did, where they think won’t fall for each other, but then slowly get used to each other’s quirks and habits... it’s wholesome and so cute. Anyway! 4 stars. What a good book to get back into reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    I put off reading this book for about a year, mainly because I didn't really have any interest in reading Benjimir's redemption. I recently re-read the first book again and still found the world building utterly charming and I found I couldn't resist, especially as I noticed a third book had been released. Between the returning characters and Fyn's personality I found myself warming to it very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed the book. If nothing else the author deserves 5 stars for turning my opi I put off reading this book for about a year, mainly because I didn't really have any interest in reading Benjimir's redemption. I recently re-read the first book again and still found the world building utterly charming and I found I couldn't resist, especially as I noticed a third book had been released. Between the returning characters and Fyn's personality I found myself warming to it very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed the book. If nothing else the author deserves 5 stars for turning my opinion around on a character I didn't like. Not the Ben was particularly malicious but as he set himself against Tari and Arion in the first book, he got the brunt of my ire. I will say if there was anything that felt could have used some work it was bond partners in this book. I know Tari and Arion are the exception in the communication, partners are usually of the same sex, and its never been romantic previously, however it got very little acknowledgement in this book. There's no noticeable magical connection with their partners and it gives the impression that the ceremony is more a bit of showmanship to encourage ties between the two countries. Still that's a minor thing with a bit of nitpicking.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    4.5 rounding to 5. I enjoyed this book more than the first. I had already gotten to know many of the characters in the first book. One of the central characters here was a guy who was pretty dishonorable in the first book. The other was a strong spirited elf who did not fit into her culture. The set up for this book is that they enter into a marriage of convenience which made sense for the elf heroine but less so for the prince. There was more action in this book. It's also character driven. We g 4.5 rounding to 5. I enjoyed this book more than the first. I had already gotten to know many of the characters in the first book. One of the central characters here was a guy who was pretty dishonorable in the first book. The other was a strong spirited elf who did not fit into her culture. The set up for this book is that they enter into a marriage of convenience which made sense for the elf heroine but less so for the prince. There was more action in this book. It's also character driven. We get a lot of characters coming into their own in satisfying ways. We see the characters we grew to care for from the first book without them taking over the story. All in all, it was a fun read and I also enjoy the strong female characters.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Niccole Perrine

    Second in the "Elves of Lessa" series. I love this author. Almost everything I've read from her is clean, witty, and fun. The books are all full of whimsy and this particular one did not disappoint. The Princess of Lessa is feeling mewed up as she is forced to be regent of her nation. She would be much happier with a sword, but the impetus of tradition v. the changes happening in Calnor make her dreams seemingly impossible. She decides in one fell swoop to take matters into her own hands and dar Second in the "Elves of Lessa" series. I love this author. Almost everything I've read from her is clean, witty, and fun. The books are all full of whimsy and this particular one did not disappoint. The Princess of Lessa is feeling mewed up as she is forced to be regent of her nation. She would be much happier with a sword, but the impetus of tradition v. the changes happening in Calnor make her dreams seemingly impossible. She decides in one fell swoop to take matters into her own hands and darn the consequences. Really great read. Was a re-read for me but enjoyed it just as much the 2nd time through.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    A great sequel. If you liked the first one, this one is a must. Anyone who likes the author's Timeless Fairy Tales series will like this series, too. And everyone else who likes books with magic, love, fights and humor as well as great characters should try this series or any other book from this author. So far, I haven't been disappointed. A great sequel. If you liked the first one, this one is a must. Anyone who likes the author's Timeless Fairy Tales series will like this series, too. And everyone else who likes books with magic, love, fights and humor as well as great characters should try this series or any other book from this author. So far, I haven't been disappointed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Madx

    Cute story incl. interesting cultural gap between the leads

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yogesh Jain

    I really wanted to read the prince side of story and it was really amazing..

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caighley

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. (screams in bookish) Marriages of convenience are the epitome of romantic tension in my opinion. This book had it all! Enemies-to -lovers, trust issues, embarrassing scenes. It was gorgeous. (It was also very clean which made it better) I spoke before on K. M. Shea's writing style, but I'll say it again. Amazing! Gwendafyn is not your normal princess. She is the second princess of Lessa and acts as regent. REGENT! (someone who fills in on behalf of a ruling monarch) One cannot pos OH. MY. GOODNESS. (screams in bookish) Marriages of convenience are the epitome of romantic tension in my opinion. This book had it all! Enemies-to -lovers, trust issues, embarrassing scenes. It was gorgeous. (It was also very clean which made it better) I spoke before on K. M. Shea's writing style, but I'll say it again. Amazing! Gwendafyn is not your normal princess. She is the second princess of Lessa and acts as regent. REGENT! (someone who fills in on behalf of a ruling monarch) One cannot possibly fault her for wanting to leave her station. Benjamir is my perfect guy. Tall, dark-haired (or at least I imagined him that way), scheming, calculating. (I fault reading for my taste in men) Anyway, he's not mine and never truly fall in love with fictional characters anyway. Benjamir is the former crown prince of Calnor, having been stripped of his title after a fiasco in The Eleves of Lessa Book One. He's miserable now and Gwenafyn seems to be a permanent solution that requires little effort. Little do they know... Plot: very clean, with a pivotal battle towards the end (I would recommend for fifteen and up) P.S. : READ THE BOOKSIN ORDER or else you miss out on mini epilogues and bits of information about former characters

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    I don't usually enjoy love triangles - except this one. In fact, while the description makes you think that's all you will read about, this stand alone sequel to one of my favourite books really is an intriguing story of the courage to step into something new and be loyal to people for how they are, not how they seem to be. (A theme in many of KM Shea's stories.) The love triangle is tastefully written, not overly dramatic, and the characters actually act with nobility and no whining. My favorit I don't usually enjoy love triangles - except this one. In fact, while the description makes you think that's all you will read about, this stand alone sequel to one of my favourite books really is an intriguing story of the courage to step into something new and be loyal to people for how they are, not how they seem to be. (A theme in many of KM Shea's stories.) The love triangle is tastefully written, not overly dramatic, and the characters actually act with nobility and no whining. My favorite thing about this book, is that while the author clearly enjoys a heroine with certain skills, she knows how to write characters with different personality traits, making the people of this story unique from the first book (while still making cameos - yay King Petyr!) This particular author is one of my favorites because she conscientiously seeks to write new characters instead of just recycling old ones, meaning you can enjoy each new book without seeming like you've already read it 12 times. I really hope we can continue to get to know more characters in future Elves of Lessa books (wink)!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sepherina

    When I learnt that there was to be a sequel to “Red Rope of Fate”, I was ecstatic. Then I found out it was going to be about Benjimir, and I got a little hesitant. I wondered how KM Shea would redeem a character who wasn’t that nice in the first book and turn him into a likeable protagonist. Now that I’ve completed the book, forget “likeable”; Benjimir was absolutely amazing! His personality was properly explained and everything fit together nicely. I grew to really like his character and how sup When I learnt that there was to be a sequel to “Red Rope of Fate”, I was ecstatic. Then I found out it was going to be about Benjimir, and I got a little hesitant. I wondered how KM Shea would redeem a character who wasn’t that nice in the first book and turn him into a likeable protagonist. Now that I’ve completed the book, forget “likeable”; Benjimir was absolutely amazing! His personality was properly explained and everything fit together nicely. I grew to really like his character and how supportive he was of Gwendafyn. I don’t recall much about Gwendafyn from “Red Rope of Fate”, but she’s an equally amazing character who holds her own. One thing though, I would have really liked to read more about Benjimir’s thoughts as he slowly falls for Gwendafyn. There was a point where it seemed he got affectionate with Gwendafyn a little too suddenly. But otherwise, I really really loved and enjoyed this book. It was a real treat to get to spend time with characters from the previous book as well! It was like visiting old friends. Now I’m really looking forward to more books on the Elves of Lessa! Reviewed 2 Aug 2018.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lucina

    4.5 stars A very nice, clean fantasy romance story. The story was a little bit slow in some parts, but I really liked the characters. I love the first novel in the series, but I'm just not into clean romances at the moment. I mean, I still don't need explicit sex scenes or need a lot of hot chemistry between the main characters, I'm happy with fade to black scenes. Other than that I was quite happy with the story and hope that K.M.Shea will write more stories about the Elves of Lessa! 4.5 stars A very nice, clean fantasy romance story. The story was a little bit slow in some parts, but I really liked the characters. I love the first novel in the series, but I'm just not into clean romances at the moment. I mean, I still don't need explicit sex scenes or need a lot of hot chemistry between the main characters, I'm happy with fade to black scenes. Other than that I was quite happy with the story and hope that K.M.Shea will write more stories about the Elves of Lessa!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Greta Riordan

    Beautiful, Amazing and Funny I absolutely loved this book. It was the perfect sequel for Red Rope of Fate. I simply could not put it down. It is very different from the 1st book but still a beautiful story of overcoming differences and discovering a surprising and unexpected love. I cannot wait for more of the Elves of Lessa.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Love it! I love the first Elves of Less a book, Red Rope of Fate, and have read it several times. I do believe I enjoy this one even more. Great characters and engrossing love story. Plus, Tari and Arion return as more than side notes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Briana Warner

    Amazing!!!!! I love all km shea books! These are fantastic for any age of reader just like all of KM books !!!! Don't think but them all!! Amazing!!!!! I love all km shea books! These are fantastic for any age of reader just like all of KM books !!!! Don't think but them all!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    3.5 stars rounded down to 3. Overall I enjoyed this a little more than its predecessor, Red Rope of Fate. It broadens the world of Lessa and Calnor beyond the relations between the two countries and gives us context for how the extraordinary events of the last book have begun to change everything. Gwendafyn is the second-born princess of the elves, and as such is forced to stay in their capitol city as regent while her father, the king, and her older sister, the crown princess, live in the border 3.5 stars rounded down to 3. Overall I enjoyed this a little more than its predecessor, Red Rope of Fate. It broadens the world of Lessa and Calnor beyond the relations between the two countries and gives us context for how the extraordinary events of the last book have begun to change everything. Gwendafyn is the second-born princess of the elves, and as such is forced to stay in their capitol city as regent while her father, the king, and her older sister, the crown princess, live in the border city of Haven in order to further Lessa's relations with their human neighbors in Calnor. Gwendafyn tries her best to be good and dutiful, but her spiteful aunt is constantly demeaning her, telling her that her interest in learning weapons means she is a terrible Lesser Elf (who value peace above all, afraid of being compared to their bloodthirsty cousins the High Elves). Desperate for any escape, Gwendafyn proposes a marriage of convenience to the disgraced human prince Benjimir. Their marriage would mean she would be out from under her aunt's thumb, while Benjimir would avoid being forced to marry a random noble girl his parents would dig up for their disinherited eldest son. Gwendafyn is one of the few who knows the real reason Benjimir was stripped of his title: he did something terrible (detailed in the last book) out of misguided love for Gwendafyn's sister. She's fine with him continuing to love her sister from afar and his sarcastic, conniving personality as long as she gets her freedom in the bargain. Both countries get an example of an amicable elf-human match, strengthening their alliance further. Politically and personally, it seems like a brilliant coup: everyone wins. Even if it means a loveless marriage where they pretend affection in public and ignore each other the rest of the time. Except as they get to know each other, Benjimir and Gwendafyn realize they might be better matched than either of them anticipated. So then they have to navigate the whole "You know how we said we weren't going to fall in love? Well..." awkward conundrum. I think my favorite part of this book was getting to know Benjimir and Gwendafyn. They are each unique individuals with their own private hurts, and because there was no expectation of affection at the beginning they let each other see their real personalities that they feel they can show to no one else. Gwendafyn is fierce and smart even though she's been told her whole life those are not desirable traits, and Benjimir's abrasive exterior conceals the heart of a champion, willing to put himself on the line for those he cares about. I thought his flip from pining after her sister to realizing Gwendafyn had become more important was a little abrupt; Gwendafyn coming to care for him was more gradual and believable. There isn't much to the plot itself; the real focus is on Gwendafyn and Benjimir growing together as a couple and coming into their own as individuals--realizing that what they thought were flaws are actually strengths in the right context. A fun, fast, romantic read with a decent Marriage of Convenice-turned-True Love plot.

  29. 5 out of 5

    'i Mari 🍷 YAAAAAAS

    No Regrets! Nada. Nope. Nuthin. I enjoyed this book. Tremendously. I knew from the little snippet of the first book mentioning Princess Gwendafyn, that she was going to be interesting. I mean Tari, an Evening Star, (view spoiler)[felt sorry for Talon because Gwendafyn was dealing with him (hide spoiler)] ...if that doesn't make you curious about this Princess, I don't know what will. Benjimir, on the other hand, I was curious about because it's always interesting to see how story arcs of redempti No Regrets! Nada. Nope. Nuthin. I enjoyed this book. Tremendously. I knew from the little snippet of the first book mentioning Princess Gwendafyn, that she was going to be interesting. I mean Tari, an Evening Star, (view spoiler)[felt sorry for Talon because Gwendafyn was dealing with him (hide spoiler)] ...if that doesn't make you curious about this Princess, I don't know what will. Benjimir, on the other hand, I was curious about because it's always interesting to see how story arcs of redemption go. How will K.M. Shea make him likable? I was not disappointed. Benjimir was ruthless, cunning, and protective. Everything Gwendafyn was and more. I loved the lack of immaturity in between these covers. I especially enjoyed the slow burn. Many times when I've read that a book was a "slow burn" I would resign myself into reading about a snail pace romance. THERE WAS NO SLOW ANYTHING HERE! YES!!!! When you have mutual respect, eyes wide open, and clear communication between two peas of the same pod? There is no room for SLOW anything. There were enemies, revelations, and a damn good JUSTICE IS SERVED moment; badassery abound, passion, and a whole lot of change happening throughout the pages. I enjoyed every word and every page. The first book I totally fell in love with but this one...so worth it. The first one, Red Rope of Fate, was all about revelations and new beginnings. This one is all about change and breaching gaps with friendship, badassery, and successful plans. I LOVE THE LITTLE ENDINGS WITH KING PETYRR AND KING CELRIN!! Those two are nothing like what I thought them to be. AND I LOVE IT! Also, Quinaby Demult and his little notations at the end is just the ripe little cherry on top of the sundae that is Royal Magic. If you want a break from everything around you (LOL) pick this up and give it a go. You will enjoy it. There is no stupidity or immaturity anywhere in this book. I'm off to find a new one to read. I think K.M. Shea just might be my new favourite author. I'm definitely picking up another from her collection :) Adios & Happy Reading, folks! X Edit: OMG I JUST SAW THAT IT WAS FIVE YEARS BETWEEN THIS ONE AND Red Rope of Fate!! WHAT! I am hoping to the god of literature of every culture and custom that it won't take that long for the third one...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Title: Royal Magic (The Elves of Lessa #2) Author: K.M. Shea Format: Kindle (Free) [ Enjoyed ] Sort of. [ Last Read ] Finished 3 days ago. [ Reread ] Unlikely. [ Cover Lust ] No. [ Intriguing Title ] No. [ Interesting Premise/Plot ] Didn't look. [ Preview Impressions ] Did not preview. [ Kept My Attention ] Kind of. [ Got Bored / Mind Wandering ] No. [ Skimmed/Skipped Scenes/Chapters ] No. [ Reread Past Scenes For Fun ] No. [ Reread Past Scenes Cause My Memory Sucks To Clear Confusion ] Didn't bother. [ Staye Title: Royal Magic (The Elves of Lessa #2) Author: K.M. Shea Format: Kindle (Free) [ Enjoyed ] Sort of. [ Last Read ] Finished 3 days ago. [ Reread ] Unlikely. [ Cover Lust ] No. [ Intriguing Title ] No. [ Interesting Premise/Plot ] Didn't look. [ Preview Impressions ] Did not preview. [ Kept My Attention ] Kind of. [ Got Bored / Mind Wandering ] No. [ Skimmed/Skipped Scenes/Chapters ] No. [ Reread Past Scenes For Fun ] No. [ Reread Past Scenes Cause My Memory Sucks To Clear Confusion ] Didn't bother. [ Stayed Up Late ] No. [ Took a Long Break Midway ] No but it felt like I did. [ Ending Left Me Feeling ] Indifferent. [ Easy Light Reading ] Yes. [ Turn Brain Off ] Yes. [ Guilty Pleasure ] Maybe. Other thoughts I'm throwing in: (Might contain spoilers; I fail at identifying them.) I read Royal Magic with veeeeery hazy memories of Red Rope of Fate. Like, I did not even remember who Benjimir was (and misread his name for a good portion of the book). The preceding events were summarized enough to vague recall who and what happened to get the story rolling. But... What story? For the first half I kept wondering why am I reading this. (Honestly I wasn't and still am not in the reading mood.) Once I realized what to expect, then I realized why it felt like nothing was really happening even though things were progressing. Fyn and Ben were both rather bland to me. Maybe if I was younger or more importantly, in the correct reading mood, they would not be so boring. Fyn's journey to freedom and breaking tradition is admirable, but her inner thoughts got repetively annoying. Ben, my god how many bloody fking times does he smirk?! I literally looked up smirk synonyms to see if there really is no other word for it. Ignoring that annoyance, his character is actually admirable. He didn't have to stand up for Fyn and protect her early on, but he chose to anyway. The battle scenes bored me instead of excited me. (I think I've outgrown battle scenes for quite some time though.) And that heart shape magic thing just reeked of cheesiness. (But like, this is fantasy romance. What did I expect?) Reading the same battle twice (Fyn's POV from the book, Ben's POV from the bonus on author's site) was a mistake for me. (Too repetitive and I wasn't even curious on Ben's perspective.) Overall the story is okay. It was simply my mistake of reading it at the wrong time. (Mood. My mood.)

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