by Skye Kilaen
The bodyguard is a traitor. The princess is her one true love. And the revolution is almost here.
Elsenna Hazen left spaceport security and ended up a royal bodyguard. She should have known better than to fall in love with a princess.
It’s been two years since one ill-advised kiss in the garden pulled them apart. With uprisings in the streets, the nervous princess transfers Elsenna back into her service. Her Highness has no idea Elsenna is leaking data to the revolutionaries bent on overthrowing the princess’s oppressive father.
Now Elsenna wakes up each day wondering what will happen first: her own execution, or that of the woman she could never stop loving. When rebel attacks escalate and the king plans retaliation, Elsenna discovers that the fights for her love and her life are one and the same.
I received an eARC of Glorious Day from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When it comes to romance in fiction, The Princess and the Bodyguard is one of my favourite tropes, so when I spotted this sci-fi f/f romance novella on NetGalley, which just so happened to include this trope, I had to have it.
In a country ruled by a tyrannical king, it’s clear that the revolutionaries are slowly starting to gain the upper hand. Elsenna Hazen once worked as a bodyguard for the tyrant’s daughter and now feeds information to the revolutionaries knowing that, eventually, she will be caught, tortured and executed. To her it seems a just end to her life when her career in security has seen her send others who challenged the king to their deaths. Now the princess is asking for her protection once again, and Elsenna is terrified of loving a woman who will most likely be executed herself if the revolutionaries win.
I really enjoyed this novella. I liked Kilaen’s writing a lot and I appreciated that she acknowledged how political and messy revolutions are. It doesn’t matter that Elsenna is helping the revolutionaries, she herself has still been a cog in the king’s machine and is therefore just as likely to go on trial for her crimes as the king’s own government.
I thought the princess, whom Elsenna calls Day, was sweet and not the character I expected to find in this story; she’s someone who’s been very decidedly kept away from politics and the state of the country, so there’s a lot she doesn’t understand even though she might want to, and so much of her day-to-day life involves finding ways to ask the questions she wants to ask using the language of the royal court. Her relationship with Elsenna was very cute, too.
My only real problem with this story is that I wish it had been longer. Even for a novella it’s quite short at only 87 pages. I think Glorious Day really would have benefitted from being novel-length and, if it had been, it’d probably be a 5 star read for me. It’s not a bad novella at all, but there’s so much packed into this story and, while that sometimes works beautifully in novella-length tales, I did ultimately leave this story feeling like I’d read an incredibly good synopsis for an even better novel.