Shielded is Kaylynn Flanders magical debut novel. This is a story about a Princess with a dangerous secret that could change the course of her country. But first she must leave behind everything she’s ever known and journey to another kingdom to try to save her own.
Rating: 3/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Page count: 418
Publication date: 21st July 2020
Trigger warnings: violence, death, war, death of a loved one(s), near death experiences, blood, injuries
For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.
The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.
As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.
Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.
Firstly I would just like to say thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours for sending me a copy of this book for this blog tour. As well as a big thank you to Kaylynn Flanders!
All thoughts and opinions are might own.
So I was pretty excited to read this book. It was one that I have been anticipating since I stumbled upon it towards the end of last year on Goodreads.
But I found that I struggled getting into this book. I think that if I wasn’t reading this book for this book tour I might have DNFed. I didn’t really get into this book until nearly halfway through.
It started off really good but then it petered off, then got exciting once more, then slowed down again. I wouldn’t have minded if there were short dips between action but they just went on for too long at times. I kept putting the book down and getting distracted. I think I was almost half way through the book before I felt like I was actually invested in the plot.
But once I got past all of this I got really into this story, I think it was around page 170 that I was hooked.
I really liked Flanders’ writing style. I felt like her writing flowed really well, and made the world very vivid in my mind. The world building I thought was good. I really liked the contrast between the two countries: Turia and Halendai, and how they prioritised different things.
I really liked the characters. Jenna I was a very interesting character. This book is written from her point of view, in first person, so there’s a lot of her thoughts and what’s she’s experiencing that I thought were really interesting to read. I really liked how she changes over the course of this book; she starts off not that confident and wanting to stay out of sight, then becomes more confident and an unstoppable force. Her family and friends are very important to her. A lot of Jennasara’s story is influenced by her love for them.
No matter the risk, I would search from the Fjalls to the cliffs if I had to. I would unearth who was responsible and avenge my family, protect my kingdom.Chapter 7, page 127
Another character that I really liked was Prince Enzo. I liked him from the moment he was introduced. I really liked the scenes between him and Jenna, a lot of them where very cute and I liked that they flirted and began to have feelings for each other before they both knew who exactly the other was. I felt like Enzo was pretty similar to Jenna in how he was very driven by the love for his family, friends and country. Which I think made them very compatible and understand each other well.
I also really liked how Jenna and Enzo worked together to figure out who was behind the attacks at the border and were working towards defeating them.
Some other characters that I liked were; Chiara and Mari (Enzo’s younger sisters), Yesilia, Ren (Jennasara’s brother) and Luc.
I also really liked the villains. I’m not going to go into too much detail about them as that would spoiler the story. But I really liked how these villains were introduced as nameless characters to start off. I thought was really clever how they had a few pages between some chapters written in third person about what they were doing. These pages didn’t give much away but they did add to the intrigue and mystery and offered hints as to who they were and what they wanted.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. I did struggle a bit reading this book for a few chapters. I also struggled with the long chapters as many were around 20 pages, personally I struggle a bit when chapters are long but I was glad that there was breaks and scene changes in many of the chapters that helped. I really liked the writing style and world building. As well as many of the characters. I thought that the magic was very interesting too.
I decided to rate this book 3 stars because I struggled to get into the story and feel connected to the characters and what was happening. But the majority of the book was really good and super enjoyable.
I thought this was a really good debut novel and I can’t wait to read the sequel!
I would recommend this to people that like the Throne of Glass series, Everless, Graceling, The Storm Crow and Spin the Dawn!
KayLynn Flanders has a degree in English Language and editing, and has been a freelance editor and book designer for over twelve years. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy, will be published by Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House) July 21, 2020. KayLynn and her family live in Utah between some mountains and a lake, and she is directionally challenged without them. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and volleyball, and thinks there’s nothing better than a spur-of-the-moment road trip.