There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.
As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.
Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming...human or demon. Princess or monster.
While the premise of a cursed princess poisonous to the touch sounded absolutely amazing, I ended up having mixed feelings towards this book.
So, first of all, the plot was fast paced. The first half of the book was interesting and intriguing, and I couldn’t stop reading it. While it wasn’t perfect for me as I had trouble to connect with one of the relationships, the plot was really good, and I couldn’t wait to read what would happen next. Unfortunately, towards the middle of the book, the plot went in a direction I wasn’t expecting AT ALL, and I started losing interest in the story or the characters.
The worldbuilding was good, and I liked the Persian empire setting. I just love learning new words about different cultures, and at the beginning of the book, I had to look up a few words such as ‘shah’, meaning the king, or ‘spahbed‘ for army chief or military commander and it was just fascinating. The writing was also good, it was flowing smoothly and made the story enjoyable to read.
“It isn't the poison that makes you deadly.”