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The Prince of no value
Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his br
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Grace Draven (first published February 2014)
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Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Navessa by: Casey
"You find me ugly, don't you?"
"Hideous. A hag of a woman. And you? You don't think me a handsome man?"
"Had you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father's mace."

*falls over laughing*

The above takes place between our two main characters, Brishen Khaskem, a Kai prince with gray skin, solid yellow eyes, razor claws for fingernails, and teeth meant for tearing flesh, and Ildiko, a human woman who happens to be the niece of a king.

May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
wow y'all were right about this,
maybe friends to lovers is superior
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Had you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father’s mace.”

I must admit, this was really something different! *lol* I mean the book blurb already suggested that this wasn’t going to be your ordinary love story but wow, this one was really something else. XD The concept of arranged marriages between different countries is nothing new, in this case however it aren’t just dissimilar kingdoms but also different species our two protagonists
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Apparently 2020 chelsea likes fantasy?????? Wild. But anyway THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN AND I LIKED IT A WHOLE HECK OF A LOT. If you enjoy fantasy and want to read a fast and fun romance with so! much! mutual respect between the main couple, you gotta check this one out.
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Woman of day Prince of night Stars

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“You find me ugly, don’t you?” Brishen had faced abominations on the battlefield without flinching, leapt into the thick of the fighting against creatures born from the nightmares of lesser demons. Not once had he been tempted to run away in fear. Now, his leg muscles rippled with the urge to flee. He clenched his teeth instead, prayed he wouldn’t start a war with their newest ally and answered honestly. “Hideous,” he said. “A hag of a wom
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dear book, please marry me. Much like the characters in this story, I don't even mind that you have a super ugly cover. I love you anyway.
Love, Jilly.

This book is the best thing ever. It's like Beauty and the Beast if they were both beasts. Beast and the Beast. Oh man. We need that movie. Someone call Disney!

The story begins with our couple on their wedding day. They are two different species and are being married off to set an alliance in place between their kingdoms. He is grey (not sure how m
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it

Once again, I came upon this book completely by chance, read the synopsis, and that was it ! I read it and to my surprise, I ended up loving this book so much that it’s actually hard for me to find something I didn’t like about it ^_^

What’s this book about ?
This is a Romance set in a Fantasy world.
Ildiko and Brishen are forced into a marriage to strengthen alliances between their two kingdoms. The thing is, both of them are from two dif
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
2.5 Stars

I am definitely in the minority here, but I didn't love this. I just didn't connect with the characters all that much and wasn't invested in anything that happened to them. I am battling a book slump right now though, so that might have something to do with it.

Might just be a case of poor timing. Oh well.
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was ok

Well let me just get comfortable over here in my island – population three – who doesn’t think this book is AHAMZING. Come, come, grab a moss-covered rock to sit on and try not to worry about how dark and lonely it is while I tell you my thoughts.

But first, how in the hell do you pronounce her name? I never settled on one way and it was pretty annoying.

The premise of the book is nothing new: royalty of different nations must wed to bring an alliance to each of their nations and eventual
Penny Reid
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book on the way to and then back from a business trip (on the plane) and it was exactly right for my *reader mood*.

Great writing.
Great story.
Great world-building.
Great characters.

If you're looking for a fun romantic fantasy, with NO INSTALOVE, and smart characters, then this is the book for you.

READ IT! You won't regret it.
5 stars

Oh my goodness… I am obsessed with this book! There is nothing better than reading a new to you author and having zero expectations and loving it this much! I am not the biggest fantasy reader, but this book was perfect. So much romantic greatness.

Brishen is a Kai prince and Ildiko is royalty of the Gauri, and they are to be wed. The problem- they’re not just from a different place, they’re a whole different breed of people. Ildiko is human, and Brishen isn’t. It’s a political alliance,
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
#1 Radiance — 4 Stars
#2 Eidolon — 4.5 Stars

Oh why you sweet creature!! I need to find your human doppelganger, so I can make him my husband. To my future Brishen...

Gah! This book is so cloyingly sweet, but oh so marvelous. It’s a lot character driven and romance heavy, which I don’t mind. I want more fantasy romance like this—perfect combination of lighthearted, earnest, and unputdownable.

“You find me ugly, don’t you?”
“Hideous. A hag of a woman. And you? You don’t think me a hand
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ugh, I enjoyed the heck out of this book! It doesn't have the most compelling plot, but it was addictive and the two main characters, Ildiko and Brishen, were mesmerising.

The main aspect I loved about this book is how the author pretty much shunned the whole idea of outer beauty having any sort of relevance over inner beauty. These two characters are married off to each other for the simple reason of forming an alliance and security between their two lands. They're not attracted to each other,
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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So Ildiko and Brishen are set up to be married so they can do all of that political crap from the ages that supposedly seals a deal with kingdoms. But.... Ildiko is a beautiful human and Brishen is a handsome Kai and both races think the other is ugly as sin. That would suck monkey butt!

The Kai are scary to look at because they have nacreous eyes, which are without a pupil or iris. They just glow at
Robin (Bridge Four)
Once upon a time a Mollusk and an Eel fell in love….

Okay so it isn’t quite that. Ildiko and Brishen are two people who are insignificant to their families. They both have always known that they would be used by their families in order to form alliances. They just didn’t realize that they would be forced to marry outside their race to do it. Ildiko thinks that Brishen looks a little like and Eel and he believes her to look a bit like a Mollusk. Still it could be worse.
“You don’t ha
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

“I’m not human, wife,” he whispered into the darkness. Shock rounded his eyes at Ildiko’s response, slurred with sleep and nearly incoherent. “But you’re still mine, husband.”.

So this is a reread, I absolutely devoured this duet first time around so a reread was always on the cards with this one.
Sometimes a second going through can be disappointing and doesn't have the same original impact.

Well, I am so pleased to say that was not the case here, I bloody devoured and adored this just as much thi
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
My heart is just so ready to explode.

This book....has officially won first place on my "most adorable books" shelf. Not only was this the sweetest and most heart felt story I've ever read... it was completely unique. A breath of fresh air. Not to mention... completely hysterical.

Needless to say... this was nothing like I was expecting.

If you love fantasy/magic/quarreling kingdoms but you need a break from your typical YA plot line.. give this one a go.

When I first read the synopsis... honest
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4.25 “Woman of day” and “Prince of night” stars 🌟

“I’m not human, wife,” he whispered into the darkness.
“But you’re still mine, husband.”
Radiance is the story of a human Ildiko, the Gauri king's niece and Brishen, the second Kai prince who have been thrust into an arranged union in order to forge an alliance between the Gaur and Kai kingdoms.

Their arrangement would not have been such a big deal if they didn't belong to totally different species and differ so vastly in appearance.

She tr
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Buddy read with Gavin

Before the Epilogue I was thinking this deserves 4 stars if only because of the amazing main characters and their relationship. After the Epilogue - I'm not so sure anymore. Leaving it on 4 stars for now. Full review to come.

February 27, 2015

A fantasy romance! Count me in! And some reviews say the cover is ugly but I love it! It was actually the cover that got me interested. I was just grabbing some eBook freebies from Amazon and spotted this by chance. God moves books i
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My heart is literally double its size....this book was not good for my health at all! I loved it so so much....Ildiko and Brishen are the cutest couple ever.....amidst their circumstances..i fell helplessly in love with them😍😍😍😍😍😍. Thanks again to my darling Hiba for recommending this book

Irena BookDustMagic
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this romance fantasy, as so many people have, but I just couldn't.
I admit my expectations were high, but still...

The beginning was promising, but as the story progressed I lost the interest.

The storytelling was all over the place, going back and forward from one scene to another, and the back to the first scene. I don't see what was the point, it only confused me.
Also, chapters could have been shorter, and one chapter could have easily been parted in three.
To be honest, t
“Woman of day,” he said slowly. “You mean everything to me.”

I swear I’m still reading fantasy books! Today’s book is Radiance by Grace Draven, her 2014 romance. Spoilers follow, as well as mentions of sexual violence and torture.

What I Thought

A not-so-secret fact about me is that I’m a strange mix of jaded cynicism and sappy puppy eyes when it comes to fictional romances. When I fall for a couple I fall hard, but it takes a lot for me to fall in the first place. If you’ve been following my revie
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
This caught me by surprise. I really, really enjoyed it. I loved the relationship between main characters, it was well crafted and beautiful. I liked the writing style, it wasn’t too simplistic, but not too over the top ether. The only down side was the plot itself, I just didn’t really cared about it.
I think we all know how hyped this book is. Because of that, I had such high expectations going into this one. That, plus the fact that I just read From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armtentrout and was BLOWN AWAY by that book, Radiance just didn't live up to the expectations I had.

When I started this book, I honestly thought it was going to be a new favorite of mine. The two main characters are revolted by one another, but they got along really well. I loved how they just kind of clicked persona
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"Love me," she whispered against his lips.
Jen Davis
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I probably never would have picked up this book if not for the glowing recommendations of some of my trusted fellow bloggers. I know that you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but the sad fact is, sometimes I guess I do. And if I would have ignored this book, I would have really missed out on a great fantasy romance.

This is my very first book by Grace Draven. The good news about that is, if this story is any indication, I'm going to have a grand time rolling around in her backlist. D
Tessy Ijachi
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Actual Rating is 3.5 stars

This book was so unbelievably cute. I either smiled or cooed when I was reading it. The relationship between Brishen and Ildiko was just so amazing. They were really honest with each other and I appreciated that.

”She hadn’t chosen this husband of hers, nor had he chosen her, but fate or kind gods had brought them together, made them friends and then lovers.”

Since this story gave a premise of an arranged marriage, I went into it expecting a lot of arguing, angst and
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
"You find me ugly, don't you?" she said.
"Hideous." he said. " A hag of a woman."
Another peal of laughter met his words. Brishen wilted, relieved she took no insult in him so bluntly validating her assumption.
"And you," he said. "You don't think me a handsome man?"
"Had you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father's mace."

dear future husband, if we don’t have this type of relationship then you’ll need to take notes from this book.
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angela by: Cory
Wow. Just wow. I'm so glad that Kaynan urged me to read this RIGHT NOW. This is an incredibly good book, and I had a really hard time putting it down to deal with (very necessary) tasks, like: getting kids ready for school, helping with homework, making dinner, bedtime routines, and playing with the kids...Oops.

The very best part of this book is the two main characters, Brishen and Ildiko (how the hell do you pronounce her name?? Every time I see it in the text I took 5 seconds to try to reason
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“This should never have happened, Brishen. We were unimportant, you and I. We weren't supposed to mean anything to anyone."
"Woman of day," he said slowly. "You mean everything to me.”
“You make a very handsome dead eel, my husband,”
“For a boiled mollusk, you wear black quite well, my wife,”
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