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Edit: I found it! It's "Bloodrights" by N. Lee Wood ("Erbin des Lichts" in German.)

I read this book probably around 15 years ago. I read it in German, and I think the title had "Licht" (light) in it but that might be wrong. The cover was mostly in red, and I think there was a castle on it. I'm pretty sure it was translated from English, because almost all books in that corner of the library were.

It was a stand-alone (afaik) low-magic fantasy novel. The main character is a young woman who claims to be the rightful heir to the kingdom, either through blood ties or because of a prophecy or both. She hires on older man to accompany her and tries to convince him of her rightful claim. At some point an assassin named Morgan (?) comes after her but I think eventually switches over to her side? And he might have been seriously injured? The woman gathers followers and eventually iirc an army.
The official heir to the kingdom (I think the king/queen died or something) is a young man who is obsessed with being pure enough to fulfill a certain prophecy. When the woman arrives he tries to prove his claim by undergoing some kind of magical/divine test, but he fails and burns and the set-up for the test is damaged. The woman then re-interprets the prophecy and says it applies to her, I think it involved putting a golden circlet over her head.
In the epilogue the woman rules over the kingdom, which has prospered. The man she hired first comes to her and tells her that his research has shown that it's impossible that she's actually the proper heir to the kingdom. She says she knew all along but didn't care, and isn't the kingdom better off now?

I've been wondering which book that was for years now, I'd be very happy if someone could help :)

Date: July 5th, 2017 22:39 (UTC)
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
From: [personal profile] melannen
I was like "Oh, I remember somebody reccing me that book in an old entry of mine!"

...I looked it up. It was you reccing it, you couldn't remember the title then either. :P My comment about wanting to read it if you ever remember the title still stands, though!

Date: July 5th, 2017 23:06 (UTC)
skygiants: Moril from the Dalemark Quartet playing the cwidder (composing hallelujah)
From: [personal profile] skygiants
This sounds like a remix of DWJ's Crown of Dalemark, which has many similar elements but a different ending!

Date: July 7th, 2017 18:52 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] soundofsunlight
I haven't read that one, but I've liked everything else I've read by DWJ, so even if it's not the right book, I'm sure it will be good. Of course, I may be biased. :D

Date: July 6th, 2017 04:28 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] soundofsunlight
I don't know the book, but it sounds very interesting!

Date: July 9th, 2017 06:12 (UTC)
soundofsunlight: A jackal with a happy smile. (happy)
From: [personal profile] soundofsunlight
Thanks! I will definitely check it out! :)

Date: July 9th, 2017 17:16 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lone_lilly
This book sounds really interesting. I'm glad you found the title! :)
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