Review: BEHOLDEN / Jody Hedlund

Beholden, / by Jody Hedlund (The Fairest Maidens, 1)
Northern Lights Press    ISBN     9781733753456
Young Adult (ages 13+)     Rating: 4

In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .
A beautiful noblewoman with a terrible secret, and a prince subjected to slavery.

Award-winning author Jody Hedlund pens a new young adult trilogy, especially geared to teens ages 13-18 who enjoy a fairy tale retelling.

In Beholden, the death of Lady Gabriela’s father also means a loss of her privileged life. She is sentenced to work in Warwick’s gem mine as a laborer, excavating jewels for Queen Margery. Despite her circumstances, Gabriela maintains her kindness and tenderheartedness. Gabriella wants to expose Queen Margery’s evil secret (her need for the gems from the mine). First Gabriella must escape the mines, then get to the palace in time for the summer ball. After that, she plans to sacrifice everything in order to succeed. 

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As always,  Jody Hedlund  writes relatable characters in this clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens.

 Hedlund is planning a rapid publication of the three books in this series. Fans of fairy tale retellings, whether they are young adult or adult readers, will want to watch for Beguiled (Book 2, October 2020) and Besotted (Book 3, November 2020).

Carol R. Gehringer

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