Voyage: The Kingdom Chronicles, Book 6 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Princess Seren has always expected her life to be one of duty and order, and her upcoming marriage alliance is no exception: She’ll sail to Bytamia to marry the crown prince as expected. But what she doesn’t expect is for the voyage to her new life to be delayed by the whims of an enchanted map and an adventure to a mystical island rumored to contain a legendary treasure.
She especially doesn’t expect - nor does she appreciate - the unwanted attentions of the charming yet infuriating captain who seems determined to befriend her, and who also possesses the uncanny ability to see beyond the mask she's always shown the world. Seren feels her careful control rapidly slipping away as the captain breaks down her defenses one by one, forcing her to face her fears and vulnerabilities and causing her to experience feelings she’s never felt before.
But this voyage will soon involve more than ships, treasure, and a far-too-endearing and persistent captain; it will also lead Seren on a journey that will allow her to heal, discovering both her own true worth and the greatest treasure of all: love. But is love even possible with the duty Seren must perform, a duty that just may be her last chance to redeem herself?
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|Listening Length||11 hours|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 11 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #161,094 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3,444 in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Teens
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What I loved about her transformation was that it was realistic. She wasn't going to change overnight and she didn't. But the Seren at the end of the book is very different from the Seren at the start.
Another realistic aspect was her relationship with her brother. It's made clear that he spent most of their childhood blaming her for the death of their mother, but now he wants to make things right. The trouble is, she doesn't trust him and doesn't believe that his motives are genuine.
Seren doesn't just go on a physical voyage - she goes on an emotional one, and the treasure was worth seeking.
Camille also did a great job writing Captain Ronan. He isn’t a saint, but he’s precisely what Seren needs. His character is well-balanced with hers.
And I love the subtle (and not so subtle) reminders of the fairy tale nature of this world. I mean, a map that has a mind of its own is really cool and made me smile a lot. And the idea of a vanishing island complete with legends really makes me want to continue learning more about this world.
As could be expected from fairy tales (that aren’t Grimm), the ending was also pretty near perfect. Beautiful book all around. I highly recommend it.
*I received an ARC in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Princess Seren has learned throughout her life that she is completely unlovable. Her family and acquaintances have made this very clear, and she has learned to hide the pain of rejection and hate by living up to their standards. So when she meets Captain Ronan and he seems determined to see her loyalty and commitment as positive traits, and to want to actually be her friend, she’s confused and suspicious. As he continues to gently pursue her and break down her defenses, she must confront her growing feelings and decide what she truly wants: to remain in control and follow her well-planned life, or to explore whether life could be something more.
While Seren is known as the Dragon Princess because of her temperament, she is an immensely likeable character, despite her attempts to keep everyone at arm’s length. Her commitment to duty and care of those in her charge, regardless of any reward, show a strong and noble character. And Ronan…well, he’s just become one of my favorite heroes ever with his gentleness and patient, faithful seeking of Seren’s heart. As he said, he chose to love her even before meeting her and stayed that course with as much loyalty as Seren showed to her duty. Move over, Mr. Darcy. There’s a new, kinder hero in town.
I’ll just leave with these words from Ronan that have been echoing through my mind since I finished: “It’s not about our deserving one another, but our loving one another….You don’t need to earn anyone’s love; you were born worthy of it.”
In some of Camille's past books we saw glimpses of Princess Seren. Mostly described as haughty, cold, and distant. In Voyage we get to experience Seren's story through her eyes, her life experiences, and heart. This tale takes Seren on a journey to her betrothed Crown Prince Ronan. While on this journey she meets the captain of the ship who's name also happens to be Ronan (although he is very clear about who he is in the beginning) and he is a little mischievous. Over time he breaks down Seren's walls and teaches her a thing or two about how station/titles or lack thereof don't make a person more or less valuable.
However, while that is such a beautiful and thrilling part to the story, I loved Seren's development and self love discovery. While she is not really as horrible as initially thought to be, she does have some areas where she needs a little bit of learning and changing. Not only does she develop into a softer person but she develops being softer on herself and learning to love herself. Throughout the book we see how much being a perfect princess means to Seren and how she places her value on her ability to perform her duties and on the title she has. But throughout this journey, Ronan's kindness and patience helps her to realize that she is worth loving even if she isn't perfect. She is incredibly loyal by nature and gives herself fully to whatever task is laid before her and those are qualities that are hers and hers alone. Her discovering this and seeing she is worthy of not only the love of others but of herself is such a beautiful moment.
Once again Camille created a masterpiece. This tale is a bit longer, with longer chapters but I will tell you that I was completely captivated the whole way. With forced proximity on a ship, a mischievous captain with an equally mischievous magical map you are never left bored! The romance is incredibly clean but still gives you plenty of butterflies. Happy reading!