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From start to finish I absolutely adored this story. The opening scene was so much fun to read while Zahru and Hen conned their way onto the boat so Zahru could go to the castle and see the celebration. It was just supposed to be one night of fun, what could go wrong? Immediately, Zahru isn’t that lucky and the identity she used to get on the boat, just got her on the wrong one. She is now a contender in order to be one of the escorts for the heirs. Even how Zahru ends up being chosen is seriously amazing. I don’t want to go into too many details because you need to experience the book for yourself. But I absolutely loved the adventure that this book to me on. It was intense, funny, and overall enjoyable. I found myself continually reading and wanting to know more. This book was nearly impossible to put down, that I put all of my other reads assigned and fully concentrated on this one. The pacing was fantastic and even the more serious scenes where the characters are becoming more developed were never dull. I enjoyed learning about each heir and each part of the quest was important to how this story progressed. And then the ending. It was so good and I cannot wait for the next book. It definitely took a turn that I was not expecting and I’m curious on how it will all play out.

While this book had a solid story and plot line, it was really the characters that made it shine. Zahru was phenomenal. I absolutely adored her character and the interactions with each heir. Her decisions always seemed realistic and very easy to connect with her character. There were so many instances that I chuckled because of her. Each heir was great in their own way. Sakira was not what I was expecting at all and I’m glad that she was added into this story. It wouldn’t have been complete without her. Jet, of course, was exactly what you would expect him to be. But what made him stand out was that he wasn’t always the good guy. I really liked the fact that he wasn’t the “hero” but he realizes that. This fact is what makes him more likeable and realistic. And then there is Kasta. Oh, the conflicting feelings he makes you feel… which is exactly what he is suppose to make you feel. I was overly impressed with his character and how you can’t decide whether or not you want to like him or want him to really turn into the villain? And then as I’m reading it, I realized how perfect all three of the heirs would be if they ruled together. UGH. These characters are so well written.

Overall, The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae is a book you need to pick up if you like fantasy. I absolutely loved this book and it might be one of my favorites of the year. As the story progressed, I couldn’t put the book down. I loved the idea of the Crossing and how Mae developed the plot and the characters. Even though I completely loved this story, it was the characters that made me obsessed. Zahru and her supporting cast is really what glued this whole book together and I cannot wait for the next book to come out. If you love fantasy, races, and royal sibling fights with a fun and witty dialogue – please do yourself a favor and pick up this book!