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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Jason Hubbard's book A Price To Pay features Melindra's awakening at Vincent's castle with amnesia. Keeping her loss of memory a secret, she discovers that she was a duchess and cruel sorceress. She starts trying to make amends for her wrongs, and news spreads about her changes. Melindra receives a message that Vincent wants to visit, and she agrees, despite the odd comments that her advisors make. When he arrives, Vincent brings along his four wives to play croquet while she discusses her leadership decisions with him. Much to her dismay, the visit unearths dire events Vincent had planned for their future. Why did she live alone? How did she become so powerful? Why was Vincent an ally, even though her intuition stated otherwise?
A Price To Pay is a mystical fantasy story with unprecedented character development. Jason Hubbard created a story where I could never predict what was going to happen, and I felt I was discovering the clues alongside Melindra. The storyline is intricate, but the timing of the major action scenes was seamless. The added element of the unknown is mesmerizing; I had difficulty putting the book down. The character flaws of Melindra made her realistic, and she had issues with overcoming her need for control. She wasn't a good person but at the same time, she wasn't evil. I understood her reasoning in trying to make amends for her wrongdoings of the past, but she wanted recognition of her superiority. I would recommend this magical story to high school-aged readers and above. The profanity is rare and while sex is alluded to, it isn't written in detail. This is a 5-star novel that will be awe-inspiring for anyone that loves magical mystery stories.