A Coming of Age Fantasy: Symbol of Hope

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Author: Amber Piage

What if one day, as a kid, a king arrived that said that you were his heir to his throne and then whisked away to a kingdom that you would one day inherit?

Symbol of Hope by Amber Paige is a beautifully told fantasy romance that I couldn’t put down. This fantasy book is available on Kindle Unlimited.

This is a coming-of-age story of our main character Alana who was hidden away for some time secretly by her mother. During that time, Alana never knew who her father was and was also bullied by other kids in her village. But heroically defended by Adrian, a boy she has befriended and has a secret crush on.

But then one day, the King of Altana comes by and claims that Alana is his heir and must be taken from that village. Before she went, Adrian handed her a locket promising her that one day he would come for her.

Years passed and not a peep from Adrian. But Alana certainly had grown into the position that she was thrust into. But she had an evil stepmother and sister that goes along in this story. I mean, I might be evil as well if I thought I was the heir for a while there and no longer is when a random child appears.

So, in terms of characters. This is a coming-of-age type of fantasy. You see Alana grow into the role as she goes through threats and hardships that come against her. She learns to overcome and do the best she can in her circumstances. 

The father-and-daughter relationship in this one is genuine sand super sincere. Instantly I fell in love with the relationship dynamic they had and felt so wholesome.

The love interest was certainly angsty. A forbidden romance that you don’t want to miss out on for sure. Certainly kept you wanting to read more.

The danger is this plot takes you on a wild ride. Whoever did it and what will happen next will certainly keep you on your feet. I can tell you that this does have a happy and not-so-perfect ending.

The only thing I would say is the cursing from a princess was a little off-putting to me. I realized that it was more of a me problem but in my mind, it threw off the character I built for Alana. It didn’t make or break this book but more of a personal opinion.

Other than that, I am looking forward to reading more by this author because I know she has a lot more in store in terms of the fantasy genre.