Published by Razorbill on Dec 11, 2012
Genres: High Fantasy, YA
Format: eBook from Publisher
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In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power–brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:
Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished–and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.
Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past–and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book reminded me very strongly of Game of Thrones. The story revolves around multiple characters who are part of different countries. There are power struggles and war and lots of conflict.
The story still manages to be very YA, even with the mature themes. The main characters are all in their late teens, and family plays a strong role in the book.
I noticed a theme that while love is a motivater for a few of the characters, it seems that only the teens actually seemed to experience it. The adults all seem motivated by darker emotions, mostly greed. While this was good for the villains, it would have been nice to see a few strong good adults.
Overall, this was a satisfying start to a series. This was definitely not a stand alone story, but it was a complex and thrilling story, full of action and adventure. If future books are as complete and intrigue as this one, the comparison to Game of Thrones will be well earned.