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To the beat of war, crowns are kept and stolen. . .
Spanish Captain Raúl Calderón has accepted a daring mission in the Philippine colonies – to negotiate docking rights in hostile waters for the Manila Galleon. If successful, he can return from exile to be with those he loves. But when he is captured by slave raiders and delivered to the Last Princess, a woman known for killing those who cross her, he is thrust into the center of royal intrigue. The Last Princess is not what she seems, however, and Raúl must stay alive long enough to warn her of the danger in trusting those close to her.
Juliza Alimuddin, The Last Princess, hides behind a cutthroat reputation to protect her beloved islands. But when a mysterious Spaniard, Raúl Calderón, falls into her hands, she decides to go against her allies’ wishes and nurse him back to health. Her heart has been bruised in the past, yet Raúl brings out feelings she never thought she’d have again. Just when Juliza starts to believe in the possibility of love, however, she is betrayed and her family and sultanate put in a deadly situation. Will The Last Princess live up to her reputation when forced to choose between her people and the man she loves?
A clean historical romance from award-winning journalist and author Jewel Allen. Fans of swashbuckling tales will enjoy this action-packed novel, filled with romance, danger and intrigue of 1760s Philippines. Based on true historical events, this is Book Two of the Islands of the Crown series. Although this is part of a series, it reads as a standalone.
I was given a copy of this book for free in return for an honest review.
At the beginning of the book, Julia sounds like a badass, but as the book continues she seems to become softer in my opinion.
One thing that bugged me a little was that at one stage it sounded a bit like her father was dying, yet we never found out if he actually was or not. It would have been nice to find out though to get an answer to the question.
Was Koda in on the rebellion, or did he genuinely care for Juliza? Another question without an answer, unfortunately. I’m not sure whether it could have just been me or whether there actually was no answer for that.
There was also no mention in the entire book (that I can remember) that he was a ‘cripple’. It would have been nice to have that mentioned at least once to tie in with the previous book and give readers as a stand-alone a bit of background of him.