*Cover and Synopsis from Goodreads
Samantha's ability enables her to discern a person's character through their multi-colored aura, and Robrek's makes him the strongest healer the kingdom has seen in centuries. But their gifts also endanger their lives. Royals scheme to usurp the throne by marrying or killing Samantha, and priests plot to burn Robrek at the stake. Robrek escapes the priests only to be captured by Samantha's arch-enemy, Duke Argblutal; Argblutal intends to force the princess to marry him by exploiting Robrek's powers. To save their own lives and stop the realm from sinking into civil war, Robrek and Samantha must consolidate their powers and unite the people behind them.
*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Robbie thinks he is a demon. He can heal, hear and sense animals, especially their pain. His entire life he was raised to believe he was a demon, the town is afraid of him, the servants are afraid of him, heck even his own family is afraid of him. Samantha is a Princess who can read people's auroras. Both of them have their problems and both of them are in danger, and the kingdom is in disarray. As they both struggle to survive they discover they are the key to saving them all.
As soon as I picked up The Goddess's Choice I was immediately attached to one of the main characters, Robbie. The way he is introduced into to the story is heart breaking and sets the tone for all the things that unfold in this deep tale. You know that this story will be full of pain and heartache, and you just hope that there is that silver lining, hint: there is. Robbie is one of those characters that continually surprises you as he grows and develops. He is the character you want to rescue and protect like a mother as many times he fights for his life.
And Samantha is an amazingly strong female character who manages to command the attention of everyone as she often takes over the story when she is on the page. I was pleased to see her presented as such a strong willed character. Samantha is a character that will continually surprise you and is one that you will root for over and over. But really all the characters in The Goddess's Choice were fabulous and just added another layer to the already elaborate weaving.
As you read The Goddess's Choice, it is like reading two stories in one as the stories of both main characters, Robbie and Samantha, are told simultaneously. But the way that Jamie Marchant does it makes the story seamless as the story lines cross paths from time to time, until finally their paths meet and become one, at which point you know things are about to get serious!
From the characters to the story, Jamie Marchant gives you just enough information to keep you thirsty for more as she weaves the story like a master. There is so much going on in this story, it is deep and elaborate and will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat until the very end. With all that is going on in this tale I am afraid of revealing too much, but I can tell you that I can't wait to read what is in store for the rest of this series! I loved the characters, enjoyed the writing and ate up every detail of the story!
"It was a choice between emptiness and joy, between sorrow and love, between destruction and fulfillment." (kindle, loc. 6567).
There are a lot of great moments in this book, but unfortunately many of them give away good stuff. But this one, really shows Robbie's true strength as he faces tough decisions that could destroy him.