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Royal Decoy (Fate of Eyrinthia, #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  58 reviews
A SERVANT blackmailed into becoming a princess’s decoy.
A BODYGUARD determined to keep her alive.

A PRINCE forced to execute his father’s brutal laws.
A PRISONER used to keep him compliant.

A WORLD on the brink of war.

In one horrible night, Clare goes from kitchen maid to royal decoy. She has three months to become the princess's perfect double so she can ensure her betroth
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published June 18th 2020
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Stay Fetters
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
"Life isn’t predictable. Tragedies happen, and there are consequences beyond our control. But we choose the people we want close to us. We choose to be lonely, or embraced. Don’t choose loneliness, my dear.”

Reading a new (to me) authors work is always exciting because you don’t know what to expect. It feels like waiting for that jump scare in a horror movie. Heather Frost is an author that I definitely want to keep on my radar. She wrote a book that not only was mysterious and blood pumping but
Just did a buddy re-read of this one, just as good the second time around! Loved it!

The story follows Clare, a kitchen maid who becomes the royal decoy for the princess. Clare is a fun character to follow, very likable and her motivations (protecting her brothers) rang true, over time she begins to enjoy her role. Even though her life is put in danger time and again. There is a a fun cast of characters surrounding her, particularly her handsome bodyguard. I look forward to following her story in
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book has just about everything! It is set in a fantasy fictional world. The time would be roughly medieval.

It was easy to become captivated by the two stories taking place in this book. Clare happened to be at the wrong place at the right time and finds herself caught in a trap. In order to stay alive and protect her brothers, she must put her life on the line and be the decoy for the princess. There are assassins who would do anything to stop the political marriage between the Princess and
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I've been so excited about reading this book. From the blurb alone, I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I've been craving a book like this.

This is a story that completely captured my attention from the very beginning and didn't let go the whole way through. The pacing is fast and exciting, the plot is full of intrigue and danger. There are a lot of characters in this book but the author did a great job of bringing everyone to me in a natural way and giving them all very distinctive personal
Laurie Ford
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was able to read an early copy of this book and fell in love with this story! It is very well written and has everything I want. Action, romance, mystery, and intriguing characters that you really get attached to. I especially loved Grayson's storyline. His character really goes through a lot and I was rooting for him from the beginning. Then again.... I also loved Clare's storyline. (More Bennick please!! *Sigh*)
Overall, it is a fun, fast-paced story and a great beginning to a series.
Can't wa
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
You know what I love? Fantasy. You know what really thrills me? When a story like this one works its magic on me in a way I still feel its power after finishing it.

I’m not even going to pretend my initial excitement for this book wasn’t all about the decoy. Guys, a decoy! What a refreshing theme, and what a great read. My enthusiasm considerably intensified when I was just one chapter in. You heard that, one! That is all it takes for Heather Frost to captivate her readers and drag them into a da
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely ate up this story! I know the whole point of reviews it to use your words…But, sometimes, when I love a story, it’s difficult to come up with the right words–if that makes sense. So, I’m going to do my best.

The story starts with Clare, a kitchen made in a royal castle. We don’t know much about her, but in the first chapter we do learn that she’s brave. Without giving spoilers, I’ll just say Clare does a wonderful thing and suffers for it. And my heart just breaks for her.

From this p
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was an early reader for this book and can I just say how much I love this book. Wow. Just wow. Heather does not disappoint ever!! This book, all of the characters (especially Bennick), are amazing and so well developed. I found I could not stop reading it and finished it quickly. This book is amazing and I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a new book to read!
Royal Decoy is the first book in the young adult fantasy series, Fate of Eyrinthia by author Heather Frost. Man, I loved this book! It made me so excited and antsy for the next book in this series. It honestly had everything I look for in a fantasy novel...great characters, an interesting complex plot, fantastic world building and plenty of awesome political intrigue/court politics and secrets to keep readers guessing and riveted to the story. 

Royal Decoy is told in multiple perspectives and fol
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Royal Decoy is a YA Fantasy that has a wonderful story. The novel has two separate storylines going on but it is so easy to follow. I love a novel that goes along at a fast pace with a lot of mystery, action, and great characters. Clare is a poor peasant that goes from a kitchen worker to living in the palace. She is likable and easy to cheer for as her life is always in danger as the decoy for the princess of her country. In the second storyline and another country, we meet Grayson a son of th ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-copy
Author Heather Frost has written a magnificent young adult fantasy romance that readers will absolutely love. The turn of every page is jam packed with fast paced, thrilling and adventurous twists and turns that will keep readers guessing and wanting more. The plot thickens with plenty of danger and intrigue. Told from multiple points of view, Frost eloquently brings to life the many characters and their stories. Each character plays a vital role in moving the fast paced story along. Readers wil ...more
Jamie Wilson
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“A woman’s heart should only be able to break once.”

I loved every minute of this journey! I can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us! Clare and Greyson are on converging paths and I can’t get enough of their stories and what fate has in store! I fell in love with Bennick ridiculously fast and I can’t imagine a world without Venn! The tortured world of Greyson and his brothers is tragic and empowering. My heart breaks for Greyson and what he has had to endure. I hope Liam proves an ally
Sheila Goicea
I'm excited to be a part of the ROYAL DECOY blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club from June 12th - June 18th, 2020!

I received an ARC of this book from the author, Heather Frost in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Attempted Assassination/Murder, Death
In that terrorized moment, reality had hit her hard. She was a decoy. Her who
Kameo Monson
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Within the first few pages, this book had me hooked. In fact, it was the word "hitched" that did it. Frost used the word this way: "hitched to her feet."

Hitched doesn’t mean stood up. It doesn’t mean rose up. But it works! I knew exactly what Frost meant, even though she’d changed the entire definition! I loved the way she used it.

But that isn’t all the author does well. Her understanding of how the emotion within both fast-paced action and love scenes made me bring my Kindle downstairs–on my bi
Caitlin Smith
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2020-books
Thank you to Heather Frost for sending my an E-ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Royal Decoy follows Clare, a young kitchen maid, who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. She goes from her safe position in the kitchens to being a decoy for a princess that is wanted dead.

Across the mountains, Prince Grayson is his father’s strongest weapon. And he will do anything his father says, or the one person he cares about will be the one to suffer.

I don’t want to get to much into the
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Heart pumping! Head swooning! Holy heck where has this book been???

I don’t even know how to review this? It had the perfect amount of action, love and tension. I loved Claire. From the very beginning I was all in for her character. She was put in an impossible situation and yet still clung to who she was. Bennick is right up there with my favorite Hero’s of all time. The author could not of written him more perfectly. He was tough as nails and soft as silk. ❤️. The rest of the characters in that
Crystal Frost
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of Royal Decoy. My reading time is severely limited, so when I come across a book that I finish in a day or two, I know it's a good one! Royal Decoy has everything I've been craving in a good book and Heather Frost did not disappoint. She is known for her believable, deep characters, intrigue, suspense, romance (always 100% clean!), and and she delivered on each of these areas with flying colors! Plus, the fact that it's medieval fantasy fills ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
*This book was given to me by the author to give an honest review in return*

This book was super unique and the story is fresh. It's something that I have never read before. It was like a royal mystery novel! This book is about a princess decoy, Clare, falling in love with her bodyguard but has to protect her family. The author's writing was enjoyable and I loved how she included rare POVs of Bennick, the bodyguard, also some other special characters. The author's story flowed and I loved all the
Shelby Hayes
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book was good although it had some violent parts that I wasn't expecting. So if you are squeamish you are warned. I enjoyed the book because there were no vampires, demons, or fairies that made it unrealistic. It was just a story in a different time and different place. The land where it takes place isn't described much because most of the scenes we see are inside the castle walls. The main character Clare was enjoyable. She wasn't one of those ditzy characters where you wonder what in the w ...more
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so lucky to be able to read this early! Heather Frost combines romance, mystery, and suspense to create a wonderful book that is beautifully written.
The book follows two stories that are going on at the same time. There are also two perspectives in the story, though not limited to such. Clara, the main character is so easy to connect to and the characters all are developed and are definitely not one-sided. Clara, originally a kitchen maid, was all of a sudden forced to be the body double
K.M. Frost
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blackmail, castles, intrigue, and romance? Yes, please!

I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Royal Decoy, and I absolutely loved it! The story is exciting (and 100% clean), the characters are pure gold, and the writing just transports you straight into Eyrinthia! Right from chapter one, this book sucked me in and refused to let go until the final page. It was so easy to lose myself in this intriguing new world, and it was downright painful when I had to put it down for any reason. Now I
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was an early reader for this book and I fell in love with it immediately. Heather has a beautiful writing style that sucks you in as the reader. The story is exciting, romantic, and daring. The characters and story truly come alive with each turn of a page. I would highly recommend this book, and all other books by Heather Frost, to my friends. She is one of my favorite authors and I am so honored to be an early reader of this book. I cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out!
Rach W
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the premise, the characters, and the world - the conflicts are super interesting. And normally I get annoyed with romance but this book did it, was it smoldering. I also loved learning about the characters back stories - all of them are so fascinating! I especially love books that get me to think about the psychology of characters and their relationships, and this book was perfect for that! I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a very entertaining read.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Couldn’t put it down!

Great story line! I love the depth of the characters and how they interact with each other. Such a fun read. Can’t wait for the next one!
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
All I can say is just…WOW!!! This is an action-packed fantasy story, totally worth the read. It was amazing, fantastic, great, phenomenal, and superb. Never thought I would ended up enjoying the story. Before I read this book, I didn’t have any expectation at all. Just went in blind and came out feeling so satisfied. What an incredible experience.

Royal Decoy is about a girl named Clare who had a very big responsibility which is to play as a decoy of Princess Serene in order for the real Princess
Dini - dinipandareads
I can’t remember the last time I read a romance-fantasy (‘romantasy’) but I’ve been wanting to read one lately, so when this blog tour popped up and the story sounded intriguing, I immediately signed up for it. I’m a big lover of fantasy and of romance so the combination of the two is like a match made in heaven and I’m glad that I had the chance to read this one and discover a new author. It has made me more curious about this sub-genre and I’m now on the look out for more “romantasies” to read ...more
Hold the phone. Someone get this author a book deal STAT. I mean it. This was indie? YA fantasy romance indie?

I kid you not good sirs and madams, for I do not make a habit of lying when it comes to book reviews. This was, hands down, the best YA royal romance I have read in I have no idea how long. And I have read, or at least tried to read, a lot. Some traditionally published, and they were travesties; crimes against characterisation and plotting and... Well, just treating the reader like they
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-ya
I received Royal Decoy from a giveaway in exchange for a honest review.

I honestly didn’t know that I had won this book for over a month. I didn’t remember getting a notification about it but I was pleasantly surprised. I became hooked within the first few pages.

The Characters:
-Clare was an endearing character with constant danger surrounding her. A kitchen maid turned decoy for the hated princess. I wasn’t sure how I felt about her at first but she quickly grew on me. With every catastrophe she
Zoe L.
Jun 13, 2020 added it
So, I avoided books on royals for far too long. My issue was that I read WAY TOO MANY at one time and kind of overindulged in them. But this past year I’ve been slowly incorporating them back into my reading and I’m so glad I decided to do this. Because boy have I been missing out on some good books! And Royal Decoy was everything that I love to see in a book on royals and political intrigue.

This story hooks you and draws you in. It’s just such an enjoyable read and perfect to curl up under some
Gina R Mitchell
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The characters really stand out in this story. Some are pure evil, some are long-suffering heroes, a few are kind to the core, and many are a mash-up of everything in between. Clare, Bennick, and Grayson were the main characters in my thoughts. However, the many secondary characters would each be worthy of their own story. Since this is book one in the series, perhaps their stories are coming in future editions.

The story takes place in a fantasy world with a medieval feel. Heather Frost built a
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Heather Frost writes mostly YA fiction and has a soft spot for tortured characters, breath-stealing romance, and happy endings. She is the author of the Seers Trilogy and the upcoming Fate of Eyrinthia series. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework.

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