Dìlseachd – A Stolen Crown | Review

Dìlseachd – A Stolen Crown (Princess of the Highland #1)
Cheyenne can Langevelde.

A Highland princess on the run must trust the Lowland Scots.

A Highland princess who is the last of her line is on the run for her life. In her escape, she must trust the Lowland Scots–those who she believes abandoned her people whenever they needed it most. Follow Princess Fiona McCurragh as a rebellion gathers to remove the Dane hold on their land so they can unite the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland thereafter.

This book swept me off of my feet on the first page. I couldn’t put it down (only doing so to sleep and picked it up in the morning)! The characters had arcs that were good, with internal conflict that was relatable and realistic regarding fear of conflict and self-doubt.

The book had action-packed moments (the reality of war and escape and attempted kidnapping), but Cheyenne van Langeverne did an excellent job mixing that with scenes of character development. But throughout the whole book, I felt that every scene was very much needed for the book, and never felt bored when reading.

Her writing style is very descriptive, painting a picture of the world and inner thoughts of the POVs. I will say, that I wish that the 3rd person POVs had a bit more separation (some chapters were split without any indication besides a change of scene). The dialogue was interesting due to the Scottish dialect and terminology added. The eARC didn’t have an attached glossary, but I found myself understanding after a while by using deduction when I would just continue reading.

It’s a historical fiction book and the main character is 14, though I don’t know if it’s middle grade. I mean, they could read it, but I found that there was a lot of mention of death and some battle scenes, but I have been raised under different “standards” than most. I felt Fiona acted older than her age, but that could just be because she has been through a lot.

Altogether, the book was amazing and heart-wrenching. So many wonderful characters and themes are woven into a story about Scotland (which is in my heritage) that I couldn’t put down. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good slow-burn romance, too. Like, my heart is now full. Can’t wait for the sequel!

This is a review of the eARC copy provided by the author.

Well, that’s what I said on Goodreads, anyway.

What I am hoping for more in the sequels is the development of the villain (Fiona’s stepmother). I feel like we are only scratching the surface of seeing her inner struggles to make her more of an interesting villain.


5/5 stars!

Please read this book! It is so good. I am looking forward to getting the physical copy. If you love adventure, character development, and slow-burn romance: READ THIS BOOK!

That’s all I have for now. Thanks for reading!

Salutations, fellow adventurers!


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