“Mae never asked to be craft-born. She never wanted that burden.
The realm needs magic again, and the the King of Aegunlund has been waiting for the first craft-born girl to marry his son, Prince Casimir.
In Mae’s town of Halts-Walden, the ambitious miller claims his daughter Ellen is craft-born. Mae knows this is a load of hogwash, but she’s glad Ellen will have the unfortunate pleasure of becoming queen instead of her. All she has to do is sit back and wait until Casimir and Ellen are married, then she will finally be free of the threat of her fate. But on that day an event so shocking and terrible occurs that Mae finds herself entering the neighbouring cursed forest on a quest she never thought she’d have to follow.
Join Mae as she rides her white stag through the Waerg Woods with a pampered prince at her heels. She’s out for revenge and nothing, no one, will get in her way.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18760207-white-hart)
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Sarah Dalton for providing me with a free copi in exchange for an honest review.
This book had a very intriguing synopsis, which made me request the book. When I finished the book, I realized that what had actually interested me the most was the world-building. I was really intrigued to know more about the forest and why magic all but disappeared.
Plot-wise, however, it was a bit predictable and tiring. The characters never had a break that allowed them to really get to know each other. It was one crisis after another, and that made for a predictable plot. By the time the biggest crisis came, I was sort of numb to it, thanks to all the previous ones.
The prince, Casimir, had a lot of promise as a character in his first encounter with Mae. After that, however, I felt like he became the spoiled prince I expected him to be, and that was a bit of a disappointment.
The most interesting part was the end, when some important information are revealed, not to mention that huge cliffhanger which came out of nowhere.
Rating: 3 out of 5.