Book Reviews

The Promised Prince by Kortney Keisel

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 476
Series: Desolation #2
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia
Published: Jan. 12th, 2021
Rating: 4


He’s promised to another. She’s promised to forget him.

Eighteen-year-old Renna Degray is hopeful about love and her future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. Until she discovers who the mysterious man is—the Prince of Albion, betrothed to Renna’s stepsister. Now Renna must try to keep her feelings for the prince in check. But he’s not making it easy. The prince is charming, funny, and impossible not to fall for.

Trev has no room for mistakes. He must marry the princess of New Hope and secure the marriage alliance along with his future as king. The safety of his kingdom depends on it. Duty and honor never bothered Trev before, but love has a way of changing everything.

In this post-Desolation world, the Council of Essentials controls everything, including the prince. Is love more than a negotiation?

Is love essential?


This one was funnier than the last. The connection between Ezra aka Trev and Renna is cute. I love the silly banter and the free talk they have.

At first, the pain was suffocating, but I guess after so many years, I’ve just gotten used to it. Grief sticks with you—it changes and shifts as you grow, but it never leaves you.

Renna’s mom is married to the king of New Hope. She has been living at the government center building for the last four years. She has been trying to deal with the death of her father and living with her stepsister who everyone likes.

Usually, Renna didn’t know what to say to Seran. They were so different. Renna was free-spirited and out of control—most of the time, anyway—while Seran was calm and composed. Compared to Seran, Renna often felt immature, even though Seran was only a year and a half older. Plus, Seran was a princess. A gorgeous princess.

On the way to Albion, they stop at Renna’s old farm where she lived with her mother and father. Renna sneaks away to the pond she used to visit when she was with her father. She has a run-in with the prince. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know he is the prince. Unfortunately, for him, he doesn’t know she is not the princess he’s arranged for.

Like the first book, this is a quick read. I flew through it. How could I not with the cute banter between Renna and Trev?