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Throne of Lies

(Amethysta Trilogy #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  53 reviews
For seventeen-year-old princess Amethysta Serelle, the royal life is anything but enchanting.

She finds herself forever torn between duty and desire—desperately craving freedom, yet bound by the burden of her bloodline. With the realm of Vataenya divided by intolerance, and stained by a veiled and violent past, none take kindly to those who are different. For Amethysta’s s
Paperback, 364 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Xiomy's Book Tales
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Throne of Lies by Sara Secora was a surprise read that immersed me within the pages and I just rooted for Princess Amethysta on her newly encountered journey!

A character driven book about a princess who wants to discover the secrets her mother kept concealed from her; but these secrets make Amethysta question her birth and find answers where she least expects too.

Amethysta's character development throughout the book was one that I really enjoyed, she was naive in the beginning but grew into a fo
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sometimes you read a book and you know it's flawed, but you love it anyway. This is a decent debut novel for the author, and this trilogy has so much potential I can't wait for the next book in the series. The book starts out a bit slow, but picks up towards the end, and Amethysta's character development has a lot of potential as well. Amethysta is the princess of Northwind, the kingdom of humans, in a world segregated by race (species?). She slowly develops in this book, but still has a lot of ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It is quite hard to rate books having just finished them. How much is my judgement clouded by my close proximity to the experience? Can I truly think about the whole book when I am still processing the end? Nevertheless, I hate putting things off to later (or rather, I try not to and would undoubtedly forget to rate this book if I did) and so, here are my almost certainly rather clouded and hopefully brief thoughts.

Reading this book was fun. It was fast-paced and interesting. It was not, howeve
( I received this book free form the author in exchange for my honest review )


I wasn’t all that please with this book at first, It was a slow go and It didn’t capture my attention as much as I wanted it to. In saying that I was intrigue with how this book mixed original with old clichés. I was drawn in with the love story, I won’t go to much into that because it will ruin a good chunk of the story. I liked how it was a slow fall and how it was sweet.

As for our Princess, I’m not fully sold on
Landon King
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To begin, I was given an advance reader's copy by the author.

Throne of Lies is a young adult fantasy, and the first in a trilogy. The story follows Princess Amethysta Serelle and begins with her personal stuggles as a member of the royal family of the Kingdom of Northwind. As the story progresses, a larger plot is unraveled and Princess Amethysta comes into her own while bringing the reader along on a fantastic journey of discovery and magic.

Secora's biggest strength is her ability to convey th
Golda Ross
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was not for me but a good read and liked the author. Self publishing has traditionally been hard but now with GOODREADS and Amazon it must be a better route to get your book in front of lots of people! Good lucK Sara!
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Book Review
Title: Throne of Lies
Author: Sara Secora
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Romance
Rating: *****
Review: The prologue to Throne of Lies was great while we aren't given the characters name his actions speak for him and I found myself laughing out loud more than once at the scene with the bandits. We are then introduced to Princess Amethysta and her royal family, she longs to be free of her bonds but also knows she is the sole heir to the throne and is seen as a miracle by her mother. We learn a lot of th
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did receive this book in a giveaway from Goodreads and the publisher. This is an unbiased review.

“Throne of Lies” was a good read that kept me wanting to turn the pages to see what would happen next with Amethysta. I thought characterization and character relationships were done well, especially between her mother and Soren. I did think that her relationship with Ark did go a little bit too fast but I still think it was well done. I also thought the magical aspects of the story were interesti
Qptain Nemo
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I backed this book's campaign on Indiegogo.

Throne of Lies is a thoroughly pleasant book. And not only in obvious ways of murmuring the reader's senses with pictures of tranquility and glamor, although it does do that. But
still it's very likely not quite what you expect after you hear "a fantasy story about a princess". It does the protagonist's position true justice by letting you seriously wonder whether being a princess is absolutely great or if it's truly the worst thing to
Marian Thorpe
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On long-haul flights, I occasionally watch animated films, usually from Disney/Pixar, enjoying their satisfying simplicity; they're a pleasurable, escapist way to pass a couple of hours. Throne of Lies, from new author Sara Secora, falls squarely into this category. If you're a fan of Disney's princess films, you'll like this book.

Princess Amethysta Serelle of Northwind is the heir to the throne....but she doesn't want to be. Betrothed to a man she dislikes, bored and irritated by the restrictio
Steven Guscott
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throne of Lies was an enjoyable read. I was given this story in exchange for a review. Amethysta is a young princess who doesn’t really feel like one. She longs for a less rigorous and political life that will give her freedom. As the story unfolds she discovers all is not as average as it may seem and adventures ensue.
This story is well written. The style and content feels very much suited towards young teens and objectively speaking it will certainly be a captivating read for those in that age
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boasting a delightful mixture of mystery, magic, love, and tragedy, the first in the Throne of Lies series leaves much to be answered, but serves as a great opener for this brand new, young adult series. New author Sara Secora, with a writing style similar to the Casts of the House of Night series, places her characters within a world full of political strife, harsh segregation, and a mysterious, dark history that leaves readers eager to delve in and discover more. While focusing on the struggle ...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Sara Secora for giving me this book to review.

Throne of Lies is an enjoyable fantasy novel which is full of romance, secrets and a mystery. It raised a lot of questions and hardly answered ant of them and the relationships between the characters seemed to establish very quickly. The main problem with this book is the pacing as the first half of the story could have easily been told in half the pages, and it really drags the story.

Amethysta is self-centred and a dreamer who longs to hav
Laura Swanson
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced readers copy of this book and can't wait to read the next installments.

Sara enchants you in this fantasy of a young girl, Amethysta, as she embarks on adventures of rebellion, sorrow, love, and true determination to find herself in a world that was already planned for her since birth. The possibilities of danger lay ahead with each page you read and with the little tickle of wonder in the back of your mind on where is Amethysta is really from. You'll fall in love with eve
Emily Brown
I was gifted “Throne of Lies” by Sara Secora to read and review, and I was not disappointed.

Throne of Lies is the first book in a trilogy set in the kingdom of Vataenya. Our lead character, Amethysta Serelle, finds her life to be extremely mundane and constantly struggles between her duty and hopes for freedom. As a princess, she is expected to be prompt, well educated and devoted to her role. Also did I mention being betrothed to a vile human of a Prince who cares little of respect and courtesy
Alexis Long *from the heart of a bibliophile lair*
abostly love this book its in the top ten for me. i total understand why the princesses is stubborn. if you dont have this book then get off your butt and get it and read it. i got this book as a arc and i have it in paper back and its signed. i read it twice before leaving a review because i didnt want to leave anything out. loe how it was written love how it makes you feel like apart of the story i dont have a favorite character because i cant just pick one. <3 best written book i have read ...more
Jared Winkler
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me fall in love with reading all over again. Life had gotten so busy that I realized I hadn't finished a book in a really long time. After just a few pages I was swept into Amethysta's world, and was excited to see what would happen next. By the end, I felt like I had read something really special. And it only opened the flood gates for Secora's imagined world to grow in the next installments of the trilogy.
Effy J. Roan
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprising delight

I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. I had picked it up inexpensively from a daily ebook email, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Despite being unsure of the main character at the beginning and finding several things to be predictable, I was drawn into the world and story enough to keep reading. This turned out to be a good thing, as the ending wasn't how I figured it out turn out. I look forward to the next book.
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May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I won this book through a goodreads giveaway, which was fortunate because I rarely read fantasy books. This was a good one! I really know next to nothing about the genre, but I do know a good story, and this is it!
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very slow for me. I ended up skimming most of the second half. I felt like nothing really happened, and I could just not get into it.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won a kindle version #GoodreadsGiveaway
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a reader, I have been fortunate to have read a number of good books but it is also true that there are very few instances, which I can recall, when a book has enraptured me from the very first page itself. This book is surely one of them.
It was my pleasant surprise when I felt ‘the pull’ immediately after reading the first few lines. My heart said to my mind – ‘This is the book which both of us will surely enjoy together’ :)

General Overview:
An endearing tale of overcoming your fears and accep
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book for something different then my usual thriller/crime stories. I enjoyed the world Sara created. It is fun to see what situations Amethysta gets into and then turns around and tries to find a way out. Her life is filled with mystery and she is faced with many tough choices to make. Because of this you see her begin to grow from a little girl to a young lady in this first book of the series. I looked forward to seeing what was next for Amethysta each time I picked up the book ...more
Thomas Abril
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Throne of Lies is about seventeen year old Princess Amethysta Serelle, heir to the throne of Northwind, and possibly one of the most stubborn princesses out there. In the months leading up to her forced arranged marriage, she is met with even more struggle as she learns of her secret magic abilities; while also showing us what it was or might have been like growing up as a princess in a medieval kingdom. The appearance of romance is a very real and constant theme in this story. The approach it t ...more
Denise Allen
This is my second review of the first book in this trilogy. I liked it enough to read thru to the end but will not read book 2 or 3.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throne of Lies is the first book in the Amethysta Trilogy, a fantasy series by author Sara Secora. It’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy novel, but I found myself really enjoying the world that Secora has created. There is an exquisite amount of detail, both in the world’s lore and in main character Amethysta Serelle’s journey throughout its pages. Told in first person, the novel details Amethysta’s struggle with accepting her destiny as a princess and figuring out what is causing a mystic ...more
Princess Amethysta has always hated her life as a princess. She is forced to remain inside the castle walls. She is supposed to be a dutiful daughter and prepare for her role as queen. Still, she wishes for a normal life and to have the freedom to leave the palace grounds. She also feels that she is different aside from being a princess. She finds herself harboring magic. The only person who knows the truth of who she is is her mother. Yet, her mother remains silent, not telling her Amethysta’s ...more
Angela D'Onofrio
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong start for a trilogy

This debut is stuffed with the ornate descriptions that are a hallmark of engrossing high fantasy. Secora captures the reckless emotional turmoil of young Amethysta in perfect mimicry of any teenage girl, and her magical allegory is well-used. The world-building is extensive, and it's clear there's a lot more in store. Familiar favorite elements of a romantic fantasy are given refreshing new faces, and the balance between answered questions and new mysteries is perfec
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review from the author.

Throne of Lies is an intriguing Young Adult Fantasy that follows the coming of age of Amethysta, Princess of Northwind.

While the premise gives the idea of a bare bones fantasy story, the author did a fantastic job of captivating me early on. In this genre, it's particularly easy for readers to be either bored or overwhelmed; but author Sara Secora has gracefully crafted her fantasy world in a way that's simple to process alon
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