Principessa Annalisia is stunned and conscience-stricken when an unknown enemy mistakenly abducts her maidservant. Determined to find the girl, Annalisia disguises herself as plain Anna and slips away from the palace. She tracks down Jovanni, her maidservant's daring older brother, and they soon begin to search together. As they uncover clues, Anna also discovers a kindred spirit in Jovanni. But would he be so free with her if he knew who she really was? Doubtful. Even so, she reveals her secret gift of visions to him, and in so doing disobeys the orders of her beloved grandmother, the queen.With Jovanni, Anna can almost imagine she’s like any other seventeen-year-old girl, free to pursue the longings of her heart. When she learns that he also has a secret—he's a sentinel, an ancient shapeshifter who can take the form of a falcon—it seems as if they were destined to be together, as in the legends of il Sentiro. Though Anna is tempted to wish otherwise, she can’t forget that she’s a princess and it's her duty to marry another. Meanwhile, their hunt leads Anna ever closer to danger, for she herself is being hunted.
When I started reading this it reminded me of the TV series Reign, which I love, so I eagerly jumped right in. Anna isn't your typical princess. She cares a lot about the people around her and she has visions, which she can use to save those very people. I loved the emotion throughout the story. I felt like I could feel what Anna was feeling every step of the way, and her connection to Jovanni only made that stronger. But the thing I really liked was that this isn't just about a princess finding the man she loves versus the one she's supposed to marry. Anna's special gift lets her do so much more, and she never loses focus of that.
Overall, this is a fast read filled with tension, action, and lots of emotion.
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