Here's a description of the book from Goodreads:
"A tale of Legends reborn, of royal intrigue, and an unforgettable, heart-melting romance that will sweep you away.
Annalisia is a seer, a princess with a courageous spirit—and a soft spot for Legends.
Jovanni is a Legend, a commoner with no patience for pampered royals.
Annalisia is stunned and conscience-stricken when an unknown enemy
mistakenly abducts her maidservant. Determined to find the girl,
Annalisia disguises herself as plain Anna and slips away from the
palace. She tracks down Jovanni, her maidservant's daring older brother,
they soon begin to search together. As they uncover clues, Anna also
discovers a kindred spirit in Jovanni. But would he be so free with her
if he knew who she really was? Doubtful. Even so, she reveals her
secret gift of visions to him, and in so doing disobeys the orders of
her beloved grandmother, the queen.
With Jovanni, Anna can almost
imagine she’s like any other seventeen year old girl, free to pursue
the longings of her heart. When she learns that he also has a
secret—he's a sentinel, an ancient shapeshifter who can take the form of
a falcon—it seems as if they were destined to be together, as in the
legends of il Sentiro. Though Anna is tempted to wish
otherwise, she can’t forget that she’s a princess and it's her duty to
marry another. Meanwhile, their hunt leads Anna ever closer to danger,
for she herself is being hunted.
A princess and a commoner.
They never should have fallen in love...but they did.
AIRE is a lush, romantic fantasy, inspired by ancient Italy and Turkey."
Lena Goldfinch has a wonderful talent for creating vivid, beautifully imagined fantasy worlds. I loved the sweetness of her novella, The Language of Souls, and I love the added "epic" quality to this longer fantasy romance. Aire is an exciting story that expounds on the ideas of sacrificial love and the existence of realities beyond the common.
I had the pleasure and honor of being a beta reader for this story, and it was a treat to see it grow and to fall in love with it a little bit at a time. With great suspense, enjoyable romance, a grand setting, and some intriguing secondary characters, Aire is a wonderful read. This book has solidified my "fan" status, and I can't wait for Lena to share more of her stories with readers!
*With many thanks to the author for allowing me to read an early copy of the story in exchange for my feedback and my honest opinion.*