5.0 out of 5 stars Super fun! A good book to get lost in. Not just for lovers of romance and archery.
This was a fabulous book! As other reviewers have said, I couldn’t put it down. All of the characters were so well-drawn and distinctive, and likeable in an imperfect way. This story has it all--a heroine to root for, intrigue, romance, humor, archery, and swoon-worthy boys. What more could you ask for, besides more from Jeanne Roland?
I was immediately drawn into the details of Marieke’s world and her obvious love for archery. Roland builds up the mystery of Marieke’s father’s time at the guild, while establishing Marieke’s struggles with the limitations of being a girl at that time. But when Marieke reaches the guild, the story really takes off, as we meet all the gorgeous, but also loveable and at times irritating boys-bordering on men competing to become a Journey. Sometimes you really feel for Marieke, and sometimes you just have to laugh at what comes out of her mouth.
I loved that this book is funny and has characters you can get behind, even though it also has all the tension of a book that centers around a competition. I definitely got obsessed with the various Journeys—Gilles, magnificent fashion sense, Falko, laughed every time he entered a scene, Charles and Jerome, love them! And of course Tristan is Tristan. Please take off his shirt more. Even the more villainous Journeys were intriguing. The archery scenes were equally fantastic! This book will appeal to both YA and adult readers. It’s one of those books that makes you keep thinking about the characters after it’s over.
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is a Must Read!
This eloquently written, action-packed book appeals to readers of all ages, from young adult to adult. I couldn’t put this book down! The characters are dynamic (Falko might quite possibly be the best character ever written), and Roland is a master of tension and drama; the relationships Roland creates are interesting and compelling. Love triangle, check; steamy romances, check; gorgeous men, check, check, check. Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t say the ending is to die for! I love the symbolism of the hawk and the mouse! Needless to say, I will be buying the sequel! Can’t wait!