Review: The Eldritch Heart by Matthew S. Cox

August 10, 2017 Review 0

Review: The Eldritch Heart by Matthew S. CoxThe Eldritch Heart by Matthew S. Cox
Published by Curiousity Quills Press on August 1, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Some kissing
Reviewed by: Tacoma
3 Stars

Princess Oona Talomir enjoys the little things that come with her station: a handmaiden, her lavish bedchamber, and scores of fancy dresses―the duty to win a decades’ long war, not so much.

Oh, did I mention assassins?

Seers foretold the conflict would end by her hand. From the moment she drew her first breath, the neighboring kingdom has been trying to kill her so she could not grow powerful enough to destroy them. The king, fearing for his daughter’s life, has kept her confined to the castle grounds for most of her sixteen years. With the tide of war turning against them, the burden of her crown becomes too much to bear, yet one thing lifts her spirits amid the gloom.

Her servant girl, Kitlyn.

Alas, in a kingdom obsessed with the god of purity, she is terrified to confess her forbidden love. When her father makes a demand she cannot abide―marry a prince to forge a military alliance―Oona panics. He is handsome and honorable, but he’s not Kitlyn. Unable to admit why she cannot obey, Oona does the only thing she can think of, and runs away.

Alone and unprepared in the wilderness, she prays the gods will let Kitlyn find her—before the assassins do.

Everything from the description to the cover of THE ELDRITCH HEART grabbed me immediately. I knew I had to read it. The cover, with its eerie, green heart called to me, as did the back matter that hinted at dangerous politics and a forbidden love between a princess and her handmaiden.

Unfortunately, the setup proved to be more promising than the actual execution. I wanted to love THE ELDRITCH HEART so much, but it took awhile to get anywhere. The first quarter of the book dawdled as Oona, the princess, cried about not being able to leave the castle, and her handmaiden, Kitlyn scrubbed floors and rugs. Endless floors and rugs, until I felt as exhausted as Kitlyn. I also found myself worn out by the dialogue. Nobles dropped contractions to sound formal, while all other characters spoke with a dialect.
However, the reader is never led to doubt Oona and Kitlyn's devotion to each other. They are heartwarming characters that put each other first above all, including above the judgments of society. Ultimately, their story is sweet but lacks substance.
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