Review – the Beholder by Anna Bright

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July 30, 2019 by ceresbooksworld


The Beholder by Anna Bright

Book one in The Beholder series

Publisher : Harper Teen

Publication date : June 4th 2019

Source : Fairy Loot HardCover

Rating : 5 hearts




Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.


Selah is really unlucky, she chose the boy she likes to marry her, but he refuses publicly. Her mother-in-law being a horrible woman, she sent her around the world forbidding her to return without a husband. She has a list of claimants she needs to meet and seduce. Selah wants to get it over with quickly because her father’s health is deteriorating rapidly. She will board a boat with a young man as captain who was hired by her mother-in-law but who must protect Selah. There is also his mother-in-law’s trusted advisor, whom Selah has absolutely no trust in.

I loved the story, I have no problem getting attached to Selah, I understood all her reactions even though being older than her I have more perspective to analyze the facts and react in a different way than hers.

I really like Captain Lang, he’s gruff, but you can feel that he’s attached to Selah. Despite everything, he keeps secrets from her that put her life in danger.

I really liked Bear and unlike Selah I’m not surprised by the way things turned out.

I also liked her time in the North, with the Vikings. And I look forward to reading the next book to find out what the future holds for Selah.

I wasn’t particularly thrilled by the two young men she met and I’ll see a connection with Lang, but that’s just my opinion. I like his protective side after she left England. He’s adorable with her and even though it gets worse towards the end I still trust him.

Quick word : An exciting adventure that takes you to another world.


Selah n’a vraiment pas de chance, elle a choisi le garçon qu’elle apprécie pour l’épouser mais ce dernier refuse publiquement. Sa belle mère étant une femme horrible, elle l’envoi à travers le monde en lui interdisant de revenir sans un mari. Elle a une liste de prétendant qu’elle doit rencontrer et séduire. Selah veut en finir rapidement car la santé de son père se détériore rapidement. Elle va embarquer sur un bateau ayant pour capitaine un jeune homme qui a été embauché par sa belle mère mais qui doit protéger Selah. Il y a aussi le fidèle conseiller de sa belle mère à qui Selah ne fait absolument pas confiance.

J’ai adoré l’histoire, je n’ai aucun souci à m’attacher à Selah, j’ai compris toutes ses réactions même si étant plus vieille qu’elle j’ai plus de recul pour analyser les faits et réagir d’une manière différente que la sienne.

J’aime beaucoup le Capitaine Lang, il est bourru mais on sent qu’il est attaché à Selah. Malgré tout il garde des secrets envers elle qui mettent sa vie en périls.

J’ai beaucoup aimé Bear et contrairement à Selah je ne suis pas surprise par la tournure des évènements.

J’ai aussi aimé son passage dans le Nord, chez les vikings. Et j’ai hâte de lire le prochain livre afin de savoir ce que l’avenir réserve à Selah.

Je n’ai pas spécialement été emballée par les deux jeunes hommes qu’elle a rencontrés et je verrai bien un rapprochement avec Lang, mais ce n’est que mon avis. J’aime son côté protecteur après qu’elle ait quitté l’Angleterre. Il est adorable avec elle et même si vers la fin ça dégénère j’ai encore confiance en lui.

En bref : Une aventure passionnante qui vous embarque dans un autre monde.


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