Yesterday I reviewed a first in a series, and today I review a first in yet another series, and again by Lutheran author Jody Hedlund. Today’s book is Beholden, the first in The Fairest Maidens, a three book series.
Another great read from Jody Hedlund. In fact, this may be my favorite yet. There’s the change of heart in the internal dialogue of a young prince, grueling circumstances that seem to bring out the best in some people, and a selfless heroine who is as kind as she is beautiful.
The royal testing makes a great backdrop for a series. The gem mine offered great world building, character development, and poignant word play. And the Beserker! Wow! Great, great stuff in this book that mixes royal concerns with medieval struggles.
This is both a retold fairy tale and a whole new set of tales. Very appropriate for teens, YA, & other adult audiences.
List of Other Books
Judy Hedlund has written a LOT of books! (Yes, I’m using affiliate links. Every bit helps.) I’ll list by genre and series. Plus I’ll include a few dates, because, seriously, I’m so impressed by how quickly she writes!
(Her next release should be To Tame a Cowboy, out May 3rd.)
Time Crossing Romance
Colorado Cowboys series
The Bride Ships series (four books)
Orphan Train series (four books)
The Beacons of Hope series (six books)
The Michigan Brides Collection (three books)
The Hearts of Faith (three books)
Knights of Brethren (two books so far)
Stand alone novels:
- Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion (My review here.)
- Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace
Young Adult Books
The Fairest Maidens series (three books published in 2020)
The Lost Princesses series (four books published in 2019)
The Noble Knights series (five books and a prequel novella)