Being firstborn seemed to mean nothing to her father King Poseidon, because he only had enough attention for his son prince Triton. So to prover worthiness to take the throne princess Vanessa did everything she could to be perfect. But destiny would lead her on a far different path. At their time of ascension after the kings passing, the heirs are put to the test one shall retain the shell of alchemy, while the other will receive the trident and throne. Vanessa had always had a touch of magic within her but once selecting the Alchemist's She'll her life is forever changed. When war breaks and sides are drawn, Vanessa hopes to use her magic for good, but when allies turn traitor and she is left looking the villain drastic measures are taken. It's then that Vanessa takes on a new name and life as she lives in banishment from the world she had once sought to rule and save.
Overall, good read and my heart hurts for the so called "villain". To be turned on and hurt but the people you loved and called family is the absolute worst thing, so it's no wonder how you could see Vanessa the dutiful princess turn vengeful sea witch Ursela. I'm actually quite stunned at how controlled Ursela/Vanessa stayed even after her public punishment, because I'd have blasted them all with my magical powers, but then again I am only human. The only person I couldn't stand was definitely Triton, but probably because he was annoying little brother who despite being king needed his sister to take the blame and help him out. So if you like backstory's on your favorite childhood villain's then you'll enjoy this novel about Ursela.