Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Duchess Aleana Melora of Eniva, future queen of Halvaria, is resigned to the gilded cage of her life, facing a loveless marriage to Tallak, the prospective king, and struggling under the pressure to carry on the family name despite her wish to find a woman to love.
When her convoy is attacked on the journey to Tallak’s palace, Aleana is saved by her guard, Ori, only to discover her people have turned against her and joined forces with the kingdom of Dakmor, Halvaria’s greatest enemy. Her only hope is to reach Tallak, but she and Ori don’t make it far before another attack and an unlikely rescue by Kahira, a Dakmoran woman banished from her kingdom for reasons she is hesitant to share.
Though Kahira is marked as a criminal, Aleana’s heart makes itself known. Aleana is facing danger and betrayal at every turn, and she fears giving in to her desires will mean she will enter her marriage knowing exactly the kind of passion she will never have as the Halvarian Queen—if she survives long enough to be crowned.
Noble Falling (The Halvarian Ruin Books #1) by Sara Gaines was very good, but I can’t help thinking that I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the books in order. Now, that’s no fault of the author, but, to anyone who’s thinking about reading Noble Falling or Noble Persuasion, I would really recommend to read the books in order so that you can appreciate the plot and not know the direction of the story when you read Noble Falling.
So, I read the books in the wrong order, but even with that being said, the whole of the series’ plot was very enjoyable and I had a good time reading both of the books. I would say that I enjoyed both the books about equally, and there were some moments that, simply because I’d already read the sequel, I found to be a little too much of an explanation. But it never drew me out of the story, and I enjoyed the characters in this book as much as I did when I read the sequel.
On its own, the book is an enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend that you at least give this book a chance of you like fantasy. I would bet that if you do you’ll look forward to reading the sequel. The series is definitely solid and it’s a fun read with interesting characters who grow throughout the books in a way that’s enjoyable for a reader to observe.
The cover artist for this book is Paul Richmond. Like the cover for the second book in the series, this cover is also very simple, but it’s still visually appealing. There’s a very clear tie between the first book and the second through the covers and it’s easy for a reader to connect the two when they’re looking at reading the series.
ebook, 182 pages, also available in paperback
Published October 15th 2012 by Harmony Ink Press
ISBN 1623800854 (ISBN13: 9781623800857)
seriesThe Halvarian Ruin Books
The Halvarian Ruin Books in the order they were written and should be read:
- Noble Falling (The Halvarian Ruin Books #1)
- Noble Persuasion (The Halvarian Ruin Books #2)