Sunday, March 22, 2009

Aurelia by Anne Osterlund Review

Aurelia by Anne Osterlund
(Speak, Paperback, 2008)

Aurelia is the crown princess of Tyralt and lately there have been several assassination attempts on her life. Robert is her friend from childhood and the son of the king's last spymaster. As everyone in the royal court tries to hide the assassination attempts from Aurelia, Robert steps in and informs Aurelia of the danger. And he vows to protect her. Aurelia is headstrong, however, and Roberts seems to be chasing her as much as helping her.

Aurelia is a fun, old-fashioned court novel filled with romance and danger. I enjoyed reading about the fiesty heroine and her former classmate. In a world where it's impossible to trust anyone, Robert was a loyal and swoon-worthy hero. The thing that intrigued me most about the novel, though, was the kingdom of Tyralt. Tyralt seemed to have bits and pieces of the whole world rolled together - the African desert, the English court, and the wild American west. The novel takes place at court, so we don't see any of Robert's homeland or the desert where Robert's horse is rumored to be descenced. The whole time I was reading, I was hoping that Anne Osterlund would write another novel set in Tyralt so that I could see more of the country. Aurelia is a solid historical romance set in a semi-fantasy world and I hope to read more by the author.


  1. Aurelia sounds really good! Awesome review!!!
    -Senfaye :)

  2. I had this checked out of the library and ready to read last fall, but then it got de-listed from our science fiction/fantasy catagory of the Cybils, so I just took it back...but now I'm thinking I should get it out again!

  3. I read this not too long ago, and personally I thought it was just okay. I mean, it was GOOD, but it wasn't anything special. Or that could mean that it just wasn't the book I was in the mood for.

  4. I got this at the library a while ago but I got bored...

  5. Sounds really good. I also like the cover.

  6. I like history. I like you. = )

  7. honestly don't waste your money. I was excited by the reviews so I bought it and read it and it was so slow the entire book. There were no intense scenes between her supposed love interest Robert and her. They kissed once, and the entire book was just so slow. It didn't pick up until the last 50 pgs. Overall the book sucked.

  8. Great book! I just finished reading it, and I really hope there is a sequel with Aurelia's expedition through Tyralt, because I too would love to see more of it!!


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