Isabella Berdyna Zysk was born in Michigan, raised in California and Virginia, and is now retired and living in Florida.
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The King’s Niece is a work of medieval-style fantasy written in novella format and penned by author Isabella Berdyna Zysk. Set in Castle Penrith, a name inspired by the historical setting of Cumbria, pseudo-historical tale recounts the exploits of kings of neighboring lands, as told through the eyes of their younger generation. As the renegade Maulds seek to destroy the relationships between the kings and take those lands for themselves, we meet a young woman called Robbie who has never set foot outside her lands in the east of Penrith. But when Margo, her dearest friend and the king’s daughter, demands that Robbie should accompany her as she heads towards marriage, Robbie sets off on a journey of discovery like no other.
Author Isabella Berdyna Zysk has created a truly engaging and page-turning novella that can be read and enjoyed on a cozy afternoon. The medieval atmosphere of the piece can be found in lively description and engaging imagery of warriors and kings in the age of chivalry. This, however, does not overwhelm the story but complements a heartfelt and emotional tale which is much more about the bond between Margo and Robbie than anything that the cruel world throws at them. The dialogue is accessible but not overly modern, and the description and close narration of Robbie, in particular, gives us a deep connection to her feelings and experiences. Overall, The King’s Niece is a wonderful slice of medieval life and interpersonal drama that is certain to please fans everywhere.