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This was a cute story; not very long. Ari is a Princess of Falconia who has always had a dislike/love relationship with Rurik, a natural falcon shifter, now a Commander in the Falconian forces as a natural-born shifter is destined to be. Her mother has died, and her father has ruled alone as King until Ari was of age to ascend the throne as Queen in her own right. Ari is to drink from the Mating chalice, which will determine who her lifemate will be. After that, she will be crowned Queen and her new mate will be the King, ruling by her side. The one man she doesn't want the chalice to choose for her is the exasperating, gorgeously handsome, warior Rurik... I liked this story. Rurik has always loved Ari and they were raised at the palace together. His lame childhood attempts to get her attention and show her he had a crush on her seemed to make her dislike him instead of making her see how he felt. When the chalice chooses Rurik, he makes Ari see that he loves her, and opens her mind to the possibility of having her reign be one that she chooses, not ne where things are done a certain way because tradition says that's the way it should be. There is, of course, someone trying to pull them apart in the interest of gaining their own power. Ari's father is delightful as a secondary character.