Series: Fantasyland #1
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: August 15th, 2011
Also in this series: Golden Dynasty, Fantastical, Broken Dove, Midnight Soul
Also by this author: The Gamble, Ride Steady, Golden Dynasty, Fantastical, Broken Dove
Seoafin “Finnie” Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime.
But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she’s been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.
Thrown into inauspicious circumstances, with years of practice, Finnie bests the challenges and digs into her adventure. But as Frey Drakkar discovers the woman who is his new wife is not Princess Sjofn, a woman he dislikes but instead, his Finnie, a free-spirit with a thirst for venture just like him, without her knowledge he orders his new bride bound to his frozen world, everlasting.
But at the same time Frey plunges Finnie into a web of political intrigue that includes assassination plots, poison, magic, mystery and… dragons.
You, everything about you is beyond my wildest dreams.
Gah! Re-reading that quote still gives me chills. And I think that’s what I’ve come to love most about Kristen Ashley’s books is that you can feel those highs and lows just as hard as the character does. The Fantasyland series is unlike anything else she’s ever written. Don’t get me wrong, you still get a bad-ass alpha, a sassy and cute heroine, and an epic love story, but this time there is magic.
You weren’t born princess, Finnie Drakkar, but that does not mean you’re not one.
I have been trying to review all the books I’ve read in my hiatus and while I read Golden Dynasty and Fantastical years ago (Book #2 and #3) I didn’t read Wildest Dreams until just a few weeks ago. I’m not sure exactly why I read it out of order, and why I waited so long to set that to rights, but I did and I’m kicking myself because Frey and Finnie are everything. Frey is your typical KA alpha. He is bossy, thick-headed, infuriating, but oh so dreamy. And Finnie is absolutely adorable. She wears her heart on her sleeve and the reasons for how she ended up in this world made me a bit misty-eyed. There is so much character behind Finnie. But the two of them? The banter, the passion, the Adlea Tea (ZOMG! I didn’t know such a thing existed here and it is AWESOME) was so damn satisfying.
She waits for me at windows and buys me dragons. There are reasons we walk this earth, I’m coming to realize mine.
I think part of my fear of reading the rest of this series after Golden Dynasty was a fear of them living up to how grand that book was. But I should have given KA a little more faith because Wildest Dreams stands on its’ own. It’s entirely magical, impossibly romantic, and if you read in order, such a introduction into this mesmerizing series. I’m so happy to now have the first two books available on audio because I plan on re-reading this ASAP.