Kingdom of Locks by Deborah Grace White – Book Review

Posted December 29, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Kingdom of Locks by Deborah Grace White – Book Review

Kingdom of Locks: A Retelling of Rapunzel

by Deborah Grace White

Series: The Kingdom Tales #5
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Published by Luminant Publications
Publication Date December 26, 2021
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: High School/Young Adult, Middle School
Pages: 409


Aurelia carries the most powerful weapon in the kingdom—she just can’t wield it
Stolen as a baby by an egotistical enchanter, Aurelia has spent her entire life locked in a tower, her impractically long hair serving as a vessel in which her captor can store his magic. Every day is predictable—at least, until Cyfrin’s manner and experiments take an inexplicable turn. Now Aurelia’s biggest challenge is convincing her fellow prisoner—the only mother she’s ever known—that she’s strong enough to handle the truth behind the enchanter’s strange behavior. The trouble is, she’ll first need to convince herself.
Prince Amell might be known for his restlessness, but he’s grown out of his childish dreams of heroics…mostly. When a break out occurs at the prison containing all the continent’s criminal magic-users, he’s eager to join the manhunt. Little does he expect that, with the somewhat perplexing help of some dragons, he’ll find something else entirely, lying hidden in the heart of his kingdom.
But the magic that holds Aurelia and her mother captive is like nothing Amell has seen before, and his failure to rescue them shows how far he actually is from the hero of his childhood fantasies. Both Aurelia and Amell will have to find a strength they didn’t know they had in order to overcome the dark schemes in which Aurelia has played an unwilling part. And if they fail, more futures than hers will be lost to the man who stole her past.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Kingdom of Beauty, Kingdom of Slumber: A Retelling of Sleeping Beauty , Kingdom of Cinders: A Retelling of Cinderella, Kingdom of Feathers: A Retelling of The Wild Swans, Kingdom of Dance

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Amell and Aurelia’s story, Kingdom of Locks, was enchanting! Interspersing magic, adventure, romance, and dragons, author Deborah Grace White created a lovely twist on the Rapunzel story with the unique perspective I’ve come to appreciate from her.

Prince Amell has shown up in several Kingdom Tales stories, and I was charmed by him from the start. This eager, young, romantic prince had hungered for adventure and dreams of rescuing a damsel in distress, challenging the patience of his parents as he gallivanted about searching for the fulfillment of his dreams.

While written for a young adult audience, Kingdom of Locks will enchant young and old alike. I recommend it for all lovers of romantic fantasy.

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About Deborah Grace White

I’ve been a reader since I can remember, growing up on a wide range of books, from classic literature to light-hearted romps. The love of reading has traveled with me unchanged across multiple continents, and carried me from my own childhood all the way to having children of my own.

But if reading is like looking through a window into a magical and beautiful world, beginning to write my own stories was like discovering that I could open that window and climb right out into fantasyland.

I cannot believe how privileged I am to actually be living that childhood dream and publishing my own novels. I do so from my hometown of Adelaide, Australia, where I live with my husband and our two, soon to be three, little munchkins.

I’ve never outgrown my love of young adult stories, and my first series, The Kyona Chronicles, is a young adult fantasy series of four novels and two novellas.


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