Book Review

Book Review: Scarlet Princess (The Lochlann Feuds #1) by Robin D. Mahle and Elle Madison

Rating: ★★★★
Audience: NA Fantasy Romance
Length: 304 pages
Author: Robin D. Mahle and Elle Madison
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: August 27th, 2021
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


A reckless princess. An enemy kingdom. And a mistake that could cost her everything.

Princess Rowan thought she knew her place in the world.
She never expected to feel like an outsider.
She certainly never imagined she would fall in love, least of all with a man from a barbarian kingdom half a world away.
But when series of missteps lands her in the hands of the people she was brought up to hate, she is forced to reconsider everything she thought she knew about both lands.
And about herself.
After a lifetime of animosity between the kingdoms, will the Socairans ever accept her as one of their own?
Or will her mistakes push her people into yet another war?
*This enthralling story from the Lochlann Realm takes place after The Lochlann Treaty, but can be devoured and enjoyed all on its own.*


I found myself really enjoying this fantasy read. It wasn’t quite what I was after, but still held a lot of good things.

I loooove short chapters. And these are barely a few minutes long that keep the pace going quick. I flew through it and each chapter kept me wanting more. I enjoyed the writing style and the characters. It is VERY light on the genre fantasy. There’s little to no world building and there might be a magic system? But that also isn’t explained well. While this is a negative for me, I think it would be a solid gateway fantasy for those interested in trying out the genre.

The romance had me shaking my head. I wasn’t here for Theo from the get-go. But you know who I am here for? EVANDER. So that better be where this series is headed or I’m going to quit while I’m blissfully unaware. There’s good banter and kisses. Continual one bed scenarios and plenty of older YA antics.

I think this was a good start to the series. There’s enough open plot lines that I want to continue and I’m happy to have found a KU fantasy series to dive into.

Overall audience notes:

  • Upper YA Fantasy Romance
  • Language: very little
  • Romance: kisses/make-outs
  • Violence: mild
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: kidnapping, physical altercations

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