Fountain of Dreams by Josie Litton returns the reader to the mythical land of Akora and the ruling families that have intermarried with English nobility. This introductory book in the Fountain trilogy brings us 25 years forward in time, with the children now grown into young adults. The Akoran/English alliances have divided their estates and time between the two countries over the years, and during this story, we find them in England. They are a rather reclusive group, preferring their own familial company over the shallow pretensions of society amusements. Their homes have become fortresses of security and safety for the royal residents - or so they believe.
Kidnapping, sabotage, espionage - all skillfully woven into a wonderful story of heroics, duty and honor. Ms. Litton snares the reader from the first chapter, and holds their interest until the very last page.
Princess Amelia Darcourt is definitely not a typical pampered royal. She is smart, cunning and skillful. She has a cool head in dangerous situations and is not afraid to get her hands dirty. Niels Wolfson completely underestimates her abilities and personality at the outset, but quickly realizes his error, creating some lively interaction. Life around this couple will never be dull!
As expected, Fountain of Dreams is laying an strong foundation for the remaining books in the trilogy. Ms. Litton really has a strong sense of character and plot development, gained through her many years of successful writing. While reading the previous trilogies is certainly enjoyable, it is not needed in terms of background. This book stands on its own strength. I am looking forward to the rest of the series, and hope that other readers will join me.