Riveting Read: The Beholder
Romance, intrigue and a quest. What more could you ask for?
Perfect for fans of Kiera Cass and Renee Ahdieh
Her current read is ‘The Beholder’ by Anna Bright
This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble
Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.
But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.
From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes are not the only secrets hiding belowdecks and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.
Anna Bright has written a captivating and intriguing read that will keep you hooked from the very first page. This novel begins with an enticing quest that you will invest in quite quickly especially the outcome. Bright weaves together different myths a d fairy tales to create much more than just a romance story. The hidden sub plot that is revealed at the end adds a wonderful element of surprise to the tale and has you analysing past interactions between characters under this new light. Bright has created realistic characters that you feel like you could meet on the street. Her cast of characters have various ethnic backgrounds, ages and personalities, the main character Selah is white however many of the other characters are racially diverse. Each suitor has their own customs and mannerism which makes them distinct from each other and gives you a feel for the world they inhabit. Bright has created a lyrical work that sparkles with romance and heartbreak.
Bright has created an emotional whirlwind as Selah travels from suitor to suitor looking for a partner. Selah grows throughout her journey from a naïve girl to a mature woman who is aware of the unrest in the world. Selah is sweet, trusting, hard working and introverted however as she comes into her own, she begins to stand up for others and fights for what is right and true. You can not help but feel for Selah on her journey as she feels entirely alone, heartbroken and forced to play a part in her stepmother’s machinations. The chemistry between her and the suitors is well crafted however I loved her relationship with Captain Lang. Captain Lang is young, dashing, protective and riddled with secrets and intrigue. He seems like the perfect fit for Selah but so far there is no romance between the two. Essentially this is a story about a girl who just wants to be loved for her and to protect her father.
A beautiful tale that will have you grabbing for the next installment
You can find this book in Young Adult Fiction under BRI