The Golden Apple

Michelle Diener
The Golden Apple
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Publisher
Michelle Diener
Release Date
March 2014
ISBN
0987417673
Series
Book 1 of The Dark Forest
Genre
Fantasy Romance

SUMMARY
Kayla's world has been turned upside-down . . .

Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand. But taking control of the outcome changes the game completely, and when the real reason behind the strange test becomes apparent, Kayla realizes not just her life, but her entire kingdom is at stake.

Rane's honor is torn in two…

In order to save his brother, Rane will do whatever he has to–including deceive and betray a princess. He knew nothing about this tournament would be easy, but when it turns into a deeper, far more sinister game, Rane is forced to see it through to the end, or leave his brother at the mercy of their enemy.

Now their fates are entwined, and they must venture into the deep, dark forest together . . .

Kayla and Rane are bound to one another by an enchantment and Kayla's actions. But the sorcerer forcing them to do his will may have miscalculated, because no-one comes out of the Great Forest unchanged. No-one.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Jul 25, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
114 people found the following review helpful
Enter a world of sorcery and mysticism where the hero has to use his brain instead of brawn to win the hand of the beautiful innocent princess.

At least, that is how the story typically unfolds. In Michelle Diener's THE GOLDEN APPLE, Kayla, the Princess of Gaynor, is paired with Rane De'Villier on a quest. Yes, brains are needed, but this is one princess who is determined to make her own choices. Failure means a certain descent into madness while success will pit them against the most dangerous sorcerer of all.

While I might not typically choose this genre, I was surprised at how well the author was able to keep my attention. Instead of being confused by mythical creations and difficult to pronounce words, I found this to be a fascinating tale. I liked it so much that I am adding the second book, The Silver Pear, to my TBR pile. That story is supposed to be published this fall.

The author has created a fantasy world full of surprises. While the storyline focuses primarily on the quest, there is an undeniable attraction between Kayla and Rane.

It's a story about the power struggle between good and evil, highlighting that the characters will face an even bigger struggle in the future. This was a welcome change of pace that not only maintained my interest, but left me ready for more.
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