Maybe it was just me but when I started reading this book I wondered if I was missing something but this is the first book in a series. I did enjoy it enough to continue but I think the talking dog priests could have been left out since that was just odd and seemed pretty pointless and strange. I'm okay with strange but I just didn't see why dogs would be priests at a temple where people trained to become defendants who are basically protectors.
The king doesn't have any children so he decides to appoint the eldest daughter of his brother as the next Queen. Mariana and Ameria are twins who have grown up in different temples learning how to fight. When Ameria finds out that her uncle expects her to marry someone that isn't from the temple she flips out and makes a vow. After that stuff goes down.
It was an enjoyable read even though it was a little bumpy at first. It did get better as things went on and I just ignored the part about the talking dogs. Seriously? Why? There's a crazy prophecy. Things turn out to be topsy turvy and stuff is going down so it is quite the story and I did enjoy it the further I read. I am interested enough to pick up the next book in the series. There are things I want to know that I'm hoping the next book will adress.