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- Publisher: Michelle Diener
- Format: Paperback | 298 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 10mm | 40g
- Publication date: 23 March 2014
- ISBN 10: 0987417681
- ISBN 13: 9780987417688
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 579,369
Kayla's world has been turned upside-down . . . Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand. But taking control of the outcome changes the game completely, and when the real reason behind the strange test becomes apparent, Kayla realizes not just her life, but her entire kingdom is at stake. Rane's honor is torn in two... In order to save his brother, Rane will do whatever he has to--including deceive and betray a princess. He knew nothing about this tournament would be easy, but when it turns into a deeper, far more sinister game, Rane is forced to see it through to the end, or leave his brother at the mercy of their enemy. Now their fates are entwined, and they must venture into the deep, dark forest together . . . Kayla and Rane are bound to one another by an enchantment and Kayla's actions. But the sorcerer forcing them to do his will may have miscalculated, because no-one comes out of the Great Forest unchanged. No-one. The Golden Apple is loosely based on the fairy tale The Princess on the Glass Hill.
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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. Her Susanna Horenbout and John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes IN A TREACHEROUS COURT and KEEPER OF THE KING'S SECRETS & IN DEFENSE OF THE QUEEN. She is also the author of historical novels THE EMPEROR'S CONSPIRACY and BANQUET OF LIES, set during the Napoleonic Wars in London. Her fantasy novels include MISTRESS OF THE WIND and THE GOLDEN APPLE. Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa, and now lives in Australia with her husband and two children.
By Eva Millien 21 Apr 2014
The first book in the new fantasy romance Dark Forest series is a thrilling and magical read that takes the reader on the adventure of a lifetime. Bound together by enchantment, forced to do the bidding of an evil sorcerer, Rane and Kayla venture into the deep, dark forest togetherÃ¢?Â¦their fates entwined.
This fast paced plot keeps readers on their toes with lots of suspense, action, drama, magic and romance. The author brings this fascinating world to life with well written scenes that inspire vivid images that capture the imagination and the well orchestrated action and magical scenes are believable and draw the reader deeper into the story. The tension builds throughout as the reader joins Rane and Kayla on the journey of their lives and the danger escalates as unknown magic surrounds them. The strong bewitching characters are easily related to and have the reader wanting to know more as they charm the reader with their stories.
The attraction between Rane and Kayla radiates heat from every page, but the relationship is slow building as they start off on the wrong foot and then things become even more complicated when they are bound by the enchantment. Kayla wants to save her kingdom and Rane wants to save his brother, both motivations are certainly understandable, but they will have to learn to work together if they hope to defeat the evil sorcerer which means in the meantime sparks and tempers fly between these two ensuring the readerÃ¢??s entertainment.
The author spices things up with some surprising twists that the reader doesnÃ¢??t see coming and Kayla learns secrets about herself that adds more depth to the story. The magical aspect of the story is a refreshingly different and interesting concept and along with the captivating characters makes for a very enjoyable and mesmerizing tale that I couldnÃ¢??t put down and I canÃ¢??t wait to read the next book in the series.