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'Til Kingdom Come by Evangeline Anderson
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Aug 26, 2011

really liked it
Read from February 21 to 22, 2013

An excellent story in an unknown fantasy setting. Elias, a young prince without magic within a magical kingdom, is kidnapped from his home by Thrain, a prince from an invading neighboring kingdom, before he can be killed by Thrain's older brother. Thrain's father's downfall was foretold to be at the hands of a magic user, and the King seeks the death of all magic users. Thrain seeks to kill his cold father and evil brother, and the last dragon his father keeps chained beneath their castle tells Thrain his destiny and vengeance will be possible by working with Elias.

Only that is easier said than done because circumstances further complicate an already complicated situation. Thrain must force himself upon Elias to save them, and then has to find a way to win back Elias's trust enough to accomplish his goals, because Elias will burn up from the magic inside of him unless Thrain helps him learn to control it after he manages to finally unleash it.

It briefly touches on some difficult topics (on-screen rape and past incidents of incest), but they are handled as delicately as possible, and they really are necessary points to the story. It is not drawn out.

I thoroughly enjoyed the awakening of Elias's magic, the dragon's riddles (though 2 were pretty easy to figure out), and both princes' inner turmoil worked for me. It all worked out well. I might even reread this one some day. =)

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