Sunday, September 11, 2011

Captured by Maggie L. Wood

Captured (The Divided Realms, #1)

Fifteen-year-old Willow Kingswell has been listening to her Nana's tales of faeries and enchanted kingdoms for as long as she can remember. But when she is magically transported to the realm of Mistolear, she is stunned to learn that the stories were true, and that she is actually a princess. Suddenly, Willow has to fit into a royal family she didn't know she had, deal with customs she doesn't understand and sort out her feelings for Brand, the handsome knight who has sworn to protect her.On top of everything, she may also be the key to saving Mistolear from a terrifying spell. The nefarious faerie prince Nezeral has pitted two kingdoms against each other in a life-or-death chess match, in which people are the game pieces. As a pawn, Willow now glows with the light of the game and must find the courage and cleverness to battle Nezeral before her loved ones fall. Could a meager pawn really be the most powerful piece on the board? Captured is the first book in the thrilling Divided Realms series.

Willow lives with her Nana in the mortal realms, and her Nana is always telling her stories about a faerie realm.  Willow, of course, never believes her, but on a night when her Nana dies, she is transported to the faerie realms, where she learns that she is a princess, and was sent to the mortal realm to protect her.  The twist?  She was sent to the mortal realm fifteen weeks ago, when she was an infant.

Her mother, father, and grandmother are captured.  The two kingdoms are at war.  And she is the only one that can save them.  With Brand, her knight, and other friends, she embarks on a quest that seems a whole lot like chess...

This was a good book, but a bit predictable.  The next in the series, THE DARKENING, was equally good, and left me waiting for the final installment.

I give this book a 3/5 and would recommend it to lovers of fantasy, fairy tales, romance, and adventure.

Market: YA
Sensuality: Mild
Language: Mild
Violence: Mild

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