"The Betrothed" is a young adult fantasy novel written by Kiera Cass, an American author known for her popular "Selection" series. The book was released on May 5, 2020.
Set in a fictional kingdom called Coroa, the story revolves around the main character, Hollis Brite, a young noblewoman who catches the attention of King Jameson of Coroa. Hollis is an ordinary girl, and when she unexpectedly becomes the object of the king's affection, her life takes an unexpected turn. The king proposes to her, offering her a chance to become the queen and the most powerful woman in the kingdom.
While the proposal seems like a dream come true for many, Hollis is conflicted as her heart belongs to someone else - a commoner named Silas. Now she must navigate the treacherous waters of court politics, duty, and her own desires as she faces the choice between love and a life of power and privilege.
As the plot unfolds, Hollis becomes entangled in the complexities of court life, surrounded by other young women competing for the king's affections, and must learn to navigate the world of royalty with its secrets, rivalries, and alliances. Throughout her journey, she grapples with questions of love, duty, and her own identity, all while dealing with the pressures of her position and the expectations of the kingdom.
"The Betrothed" is a tale of romance, intrigue, and self-discovery, exploring themes of love, power, and the choices that shape our lives. It is a stand-alone novel, separate from Kiera Cass's "Selection" series, and is a captivating read for fans of young adult fantasy and romance.