"Great worldbuilding and storytelling"
In the Kingdom of Keshaerlan, twenty-one years old
orphaned barmaid Aenna hears several patrons toasting
Prince Kurit's last mortal days. Doing her civic duty,
Aenna treks for two days to warn the royal of the danger
that he will face though she does not expect to get close
to the royal party. She succeeds and Kurit appreciates
Aenna's efforts. To keep her safe, he takes her with him
as he and his cousin Jarik flee the killers for the safety
of the capital Endren.
While the "Prince" rides, Aenna walks with Jarik, but
falls in love with her perambulatory companion only to
learn that he is Kurit. Surprisingly Kurit has fallen in
love too. Though she was born a peasant, he believes she
will make wonderful queen when he inherits the throne.
Kurit's mother, Queen Kasha believes Aenna is too beneath
her and her son so she tries to drive the peon away so
that Kurit will wed her chosen one.
SORROWS OF ADORATION is a beautiful tale that will remind
readers of Cinderella (Barrymore's version) though the
heroine seems much more capable of living on her own. The
suspense takes a secondary but supportive role to a
charming cast. This is a very enjoyable tale that readers
will relish, but sadly no directly related sequel seems
likely. The queen is a delicious villain who readers will
love to hate. Author Kimberly Chapman is a gifted
storyteller who will be tomorrow's superstar in the
fantasy romance sub-genre.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 29, 2003