Radiance: Review

Radiance by Grace Draven cover


Brishen, prince of the Kai, and Ildiko, niece of the Gauri King, are brought together through an arranged marriage. Their relationship starts as newly acquainted friends taking part in political duty. While they both find each other physically repulsive, the kinship of their souls pushes their relationship to become so much more.


Radiance by Grace Draven is the sweetest romance! It starts with an arranged marriage that moves from a new friendship to lovers. I enjoyed the focus on Brishen and Ildiko’s relationship, and them learning about their differences but still moving forward together. Their teasing insults are so fun! Their relationship is also super healthy, which I think is harder to find these days.

The political plot was a little hard for me to follow with the neighboring kingdoms having trade agreements and alliances. But I didn’t feel like I missed out on much.

The plot was definitely relationship focused until the end of the book, when lots of things happened! It also wasn’t a break up, which is great! lol The epilogue is a bit of a cliffhanger, but I feel you could read this as a standalone. I’ve also read book 2, Eidolon, and feel that would also be a fine place to stop the series if needed.

I would’ve liked to learn more about Brishen and Ildiko as characters, and also more about the Kai magic.

The spice is open door, but not CRAZY detailed. It would fall in the “love making” category for me. Overall, I love this story! It’s quick and sweet. Totally recommend for fantasy romance lovers.





“Had you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father’s mace.”
Ildiko whipped around to find Brishen running toward her. He grabbed her one-armed around the waist and lifted her off her feet, never breaking stride as he ran for safety. “Not the wedding present I intended for you, wife,” he said on shortened breaths. “I’ll make it up to you later.”
“Your skin color reminds me of a dead eel I once saw on the beach.” Brishen arched an eyebrow. “Flattering, I’m sure. I thought yours looked like a mollusk we boil to make amaranthine dye.”
“This should never have happened, Brishen.” The inevitable, annoying tears threatened, and she blinked hard to force them back. “We were unimportant, you and I. We weren’t supposed to mean anything to anyone.” A slow, deep sigh escaped his lips, and his right eyelid opened, revealing a glowing, lamplight gaze. Brishen’s voice was hoarse from disuse but still clear. “Woman of day,” he said slowly. “You mean everything to me.”

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