Once the story gets settled in the new direction, however, it comes to an abrupt and unsatisfying conclusion leaving the reader wondering how the story actually ended. The ending feels far too easy and far too sudden, almost like the author didn't know what to do and continued on a random tangent without bothering to go back and fit the earlier part of the novel with the latter. If the story were better integrated with itself, then it would have been considerably more enjoyable.
While Royal Blood started with so much potential, it didn't quite deliver on it. By trying to combine two popular genres, the story feels too forced to really work. Despite this, the book is well-written and boasts some exciting political intrigue and a likable, intelligent heroine.