Mark of the Princess (The Kingdom Chronicles #1) by B.C. Morin
The headstrong Princess Alannah Meira literally runs into Prince Kaleb of Talom. The faeries are born with marks that symbol their lineage, their family crest and magical abilities. Alannah has a mark on her back that no one can understand. Kaleb is immediately attracted to Alannah and goes back to Meira to seek her out. Jealous of Kaleb's interest in Alannah, Celina who has her own sights set on Kaleb is approached by the evil Maligo. Alannah is captured by Maligo. Tristan, Kaleb, and Evyette go off to rescue her from his evil clutches. Dragons, centaurs, drows and trolls, oh my! When Alannah meets Brennus things start getting interesting. I didn't really like Alannah at first. She is very pampered and weak. I only liked her halfway through when she starts showing some spunk. I liked Tristan and Evyette's characters better. Kaleb also seemed one-dimensional to me. There were a lot of problems with this book in the beginning, sometimes predictable and derivative and I didn't start getting into the story till 100 pages into it. But towards the end I was really liking it. Alannah and Brennus have adventures. Evyette has a secret heritage. Maligo is starting a war. There is a lot of adventure and excitement. So the story redeemed itself to me in the end. I am curious to see what happens in the next book. 4 stars.