The Royal Gift

The Common Kingdoms Book 1

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
302 Pages
Reviewed on 10/23/2015
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Author Biography

Drae overcame writing, reading and speech difficulties by reading to her twin sister in lower school. It was because of this that Drae discovered her love for stories, going on to read such stories as The Animorphs Series, Shade's Children, Sabriel, The Lord of the Rings, Jungle Book, the Dirk Pitt Series and many others. At the age of fourteen, she completed her first book (The Royal Gift) and kept writing. She currently lives in the UK, and loves finding cafes to drink mochas and meet new people.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Brown Buzzard Village is under attack. What’s worse, the Dagger of Protection, which is kept in the village’s ancient temple, has been stolen. Haethowine, the village leader, instructs sixteen-year-old Aldora Leoma to go to the royals to seek help and tell them about the missing dagger. However, aid for her village is delayed, and the King and Queen order Aldora to find the dagger instead.

It’s the only way to protect her village. A cat prince and a law enforcer named Raneth Bayre join her on the mission. The Royal Gift by Drae Box is the first installment in The Common Kingdoms series. Initially, I was a bit baffled by the world building, particularly when jeans are mentioned as part of the attire of the characters. The royals, King Cray and Queen Louise, are more akin to town mayors than nobility. That being said, I find it charmingly quirky. For YA readers who also happen to be cat lovers, Prince Pedibastet (the Prince of the Cats) will definitely delight you.

There’s a little bit of everything in this YA fantasy; magic, action, romance, adventure and mystery. The ‘zero to hero’ theme is well-executed without being over the top. The plot is paced well and the characterization has enough depth. Aldora and Rayne are easy to root for, but Prince Pedibastet is my favorite. On the whole, The Royal Gift is a solid Book 1 for the series. It’s enjoyable and will garner loyal fans as it continues to Book 2. Kudos to Drae Box for this imaginative tale.