"Wonderful retelling of the CINDERELLA tale!"
Aenna was orphaned at a very young age and raised in the
Aleshan Temple Academy. Instead of staying at the Temple
when she became of age, Aenna decided to make her own way
in life. And that's how she ended up a barmaid at the age
of twenty-one. On this particular evening, there's quite a
group of men she's serving. When she hears one of the men
brag of a plot to kill the Prince, Aenna decides to
investigate further. She tells the barkeep she's going to
the encampment to see if anyone there wants anything and
sneaks into it and hears more of the plot. What to do?
Aenna knows if she tells the barkeep, he won't do anything
about it. So she decides the only thing for it is to go and
warn the Prince herself.
She soon discovers the journey is a lot longer on foot than
on horseback. She enters the outpost and warns the two men
inside of the plot and promptly passes out. She comes to in
a wagon. The men have decided to split up. They only have
two horses and Prince Kurit will ride back to Endren.
Meanwhile, Jarik will walk back, hopefully leaving a false
trail for the villains to follow. Aenna decides to travel
During the journey back to Endren, Jarik and Aenna fall in
love. She knows Jarik is way above her as cousin to the
Prince and has no false hopes of his returning her love.
Jarik asks her to marry him and eventually, Aenna agrees.
Imagine her surprise when just before they finally come to
the gates of Endren, she learns she has been traveling with
the Prince himself and not Jarik. She knows there is no
hope for the two of them now. A Prince cannot marry a
peasant. Aenna ends up taking a bolt in the shoulder meant
for the Prince and saves his life once again.
Kurit doesn't leave her side during her recovery. The King
approves of the marriage, but the Queen obviously does not.
Will Aenna be allowed to marry her Prince? What of the
Queen? Will she just sit back and allow the marriage to
take place? What of the other women that were hoping to
marry the Prince? And don't forget about Jarik. How does he
fit into all of this?
Kimberly Chapman has written a wonderful fantasy tale with
SORROWS OF ADORATION. This retelling of the old CINDERELLA
tale will pull at your heartstrings as you read of the
trials and travails Aenna must face as she deals with the
Queen's cruelty and plots against her time and time again.
This is not an easy story to read as Aenna deals with
everything thrown at her, but it is something I highly
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Courtesy Paranormal Romance
Posted March 4, 2004
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 19, 2006