The Shadow Princess (Chronicles of the Stone Veil) – book review

The Shadow Princess
by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date:  June 7, 2022
Publisher:  Big Dog Books, LLC
Book #6 in the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series
Number of pages:  462
Kindle Edition
Source: Amazon Purchase
Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Ages 16 and up
CW: attempted rape, kidnapping, violence
Living an idyllic life in Wyoming, Thalia Clairmont is completely unaware that her world is about to be turned upside down. Step into the next dimension with The Shadow Princess, the newest story in The Chronicles of the Stone Veil series from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett.

My name is Thalia Clairmont and I am heir to the throne of Vyronas. A title that was unknown to me after the love of my life, Bastien Dunne, had me stripped of my memories and sent me through the veil into another dimension. He maintains it was for my protection after my parents were killed and our kingdom was overthrown, but I see it as a betrayal.

Overwhelmed by my feelings of both love and anger for Bastien, I quickly understand that things aren’t what they once were. Vyronas is at war and an evil sorceress has claimed my throne by casting her blood magic to subjugate my people. With my memories returned, I realize Bastien isn’t the man I once loved and has instead become a distant, hardened warrior whose heart is as cold as ice.

My magic alone cannot defeat the blood sorcery, so I delve into the deepest shadows to find a way to regain control of my kingdom. Can I defeat evil without succumbing to the darkness? And will Bastien and I be able to reclaim the love we once shared? I am the Shadow Princess and it’s time for me to reclaim my throne.

The Shadow Princess is a standalone second chance romance with a fantastical flourish within The Chronicles of the Stone Veil series.

Unlike the previous books in this series, you don’t need to read those in order to enjoy this book. The other stories were all one arc for Finley, Carrick, and her friends, a continuous story that was not resolved until book 5 in the series. While we do get a brief glimpse of Maddox and get to know Amell quite a bit more, this story isn’t about them and they were not main characters in the first books. Now, I’m personally glad I have the other stories under my belt because of the world-building so I’d still recommend you read them if you want the whole back story and to better understand the world in which these stories take place.

Where I felt the previous stories lacked the solid chemistry I’m accustomed to having in this author’s books, I was pleased to feel the air crackling between Thalia and Bastien. I wasn’t always happy with their responses to each other and grew quite annoyed with Bastien’s hot and cold attitude, but I couldn’t deny their connection.

This fantasy story has a mission, but that’s not really what the tale is about. There is the completion of the mission and all of the tension when things go awry toward the end, but the bigger story is Thalia and Bastien learning to trust themselves and each other once again. There is not much getting to know the villain, Ferelith. She’s talked about a lot and her minions wreak havoc, but she’s not shown in person until the end. That decision by the author really works out well in this story. It was a gamble, but the gamble paid off.

I really enjoyed this book being more contained to one story with a beginning, middle, and end with an HEA. It looks like the future books will follow a similar format, where we can visit some favorites and have some crossover but also have a self-contained story.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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