You've got Karigan, the heroine. She's a commoner, and as I said already is the heroine.
Then you've got King Zachary. Obviously, he's royalty.
(And may I just add that I have a crush on him? And now that I've got the new book I keep dreaming about him...)
Zachary and Karigan are in love with each other. This is something that one of the king's advisors has figured out and is concerned about because, supposedly, if the people realized that their king is in love with a commoner then his authority could be undermined (or something like that) and in the end there could be all kinds of trouble. Not to mention that his betrothed's father would be furious. It's also a point that is being emphasized in this book, and was emphasized big time in the last book and maybe even the one before that: that the king being in love with a commoner could cause big trouble for the whole country.
Wasn't it normal for nobles and even royalty to have mistresses? Would anyone even care enough about him being in love with a commoner to make a fuss about it? Ok, anyone other than his betrothed -- who wouldn't complain because she would understand, she's just that good -- and her family?
I don't mind drama in books. In fact, it's what makes a book! And I don't mind forbidden romance. Forbidden romance can be fun. But it doesn't make sense to put drama around a forbidden romance that wouldn't have been a big deal, and which might not be so forbidden after all. It's not like Zachary is trying to marry Karigan.
I would like to say that it is a mark of what a good story Britain is writing that, despite my complaints, I eagerly continue reading. (When I'm not doing homework, that is.) And I can't wait to see what happens next in the book.
Oh yes, and if you're wondering what's going on with these would be lovers...
Zachary has expressed his love to Karigan, but Karigan hasn't let Zachary know that she returns his feelings. But of course she has to tell him, sometime, and I'm expecting it'll happen in this book. Maybe in the next 100 pages. I can't wait to read!!!
....after I do my homework.