BOOK REVIEW: The Secrets of Kings
by Nora Delzelle
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
Who are we, really, underneath the masks we choose to wear?
Alex Kincaid is twenty-four years old. She leads a quiet life in a college town, works at Galen Industries, and spends most of her free time with her co-workers. Her friends, like Emma Bastian, who read too many romance novels, want to meddle in Alex’s love life. That’s what friends do, right?
Yet Alex is too preoccupied with the odd letter she’s received. It grants her a large inheritance from a total stranger who was the collector of various relics. Among his effects is a magical mask that will shatter her life forever. After an attempt to kill her fails, Alex is horrified to see the mask take the shape of her face within seconds after donning it. It’s endowed with the powers of an ancient deity, who is the protector of order and the kingdom of the sky.
Alex is now in danger from the god of chaos and the kingdom of the wicked. He has vowed to take revenge for killing his lost love. The mask fuses the personalities of its previous owners, and now Alex’s identity is in danger of being lost forever. As Alex and her friends attempt to solve the mystery, the stakes keep rising. The god of chaos is hot on Alex’s trail, and he won’t stop. As they face the coming storm, Alex realizes her romantic feelings for handsome co-worker Gabriel Reyes, who is a guiding presence in all the bright places. Does he feel the same? Alex is torn between two kingdoms and must carefully thread the needle of destiny and fulfillment.
At its heart, The Secrets of the Kings is a story about who we really are. Author Nora Delzelle weaves a tale of ancient love and modern society into compelling fantasy. As the mystery is revealed, one thing soon becomes clear. No mask can hide the truth.
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The Secrets of the Kings has a very YA feel to it. It’s in the fantasy genre. The main character is in her early 20’s. There’s a romance side story in it, but everything is clean and appropriate. And the book is fairly short (256 pages).
I enjoyed this story. It’s well-written and has a little bit of everything — fantasy, action, romance, suspense. I don’t normally read fantasy, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I do think readers who enjoy YA and fantasy will like this book.