Shielded #1

KayLynn Flanders

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous fast-paced

432 pages | first published 2020

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.

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adventurous 100%
emotional 25%
tense 25%
hopeful 18%
dark 12%
funny 12%
mysterious 12%
inspiring 6%
lighthearted 6%
relaxing 6%
sad 6%


medium 56%
fast 37%
slow 6%

Strong character development?

Yes: 46% | It's complicated: 26% | No: 26%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 7%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 33% | It's complicated: 26% | Yes: 26% | N/A: 13%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

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