by Grace Draven
"THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE
Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.
THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.
Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart."
I accidentally deleted the entire review I had written. I'm going to try an remember it. I thought Radiance was very well written. I greatly appreciated the different approach that was taken in the arranged marriage between Brishen and Ildiko. There was no anger or hatred for the other. Actually, they took it rather wall and saw the best in their situation. They built up trust and eased their way into a good friendship. I even found their "insults" very cute.
Spoilers below: The one thing that did irritate me was that as soon as Brishen and Ildiko discovered the depth of their feelings, they started doing it like rabbits. It made me see them almost as teenagers who couldn't control themselves.
I liked the book very much and wouldn't turn aside reading another involving Brishen and Ildiko.