Published by Razorbill on Jan 22, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Format: ARC from Publisher
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A runaway slave with a shadowy past, sixteen-year-old Persephone has spent four long years toiling beneath the leering gaze of her despised owner and dreaming of a life where she is free to shape her own destiny. Then, one night, a chance encounter with a handsome chicken thief named Azriel changes her life forever.
Sold to him for a small bag of gold coins, Persephone soon discovers what she already suspected: namely, that Azriel is not what he seems. And when she realizes that he believes Persephone has a special destiny—she is determined to escape him and his impossibly broad shoulders.
But things are no longer as simple as they once were. Torn between her longing for freedom and her undeniable feelings for the handsome thief with the fast hands and the slow smile, Persephone faces the hardest choice she will ever have to make. And no one least of all her—could have imagined the shocking truth her decision will reveal.
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 was an exciting story featuring a strong heroine. There was always something happening, and yet nothing felt forced. The action seemed to move fast in a very natural manner.
Persephone is a strong girl. She has endured much, and yet has grown from the experiences, not letting them defeat or kill her spirit. Her interactions with Azriel were delightful to read. The tension between them is entertaining. Their attraction was slow and natural, yet quite forceful to watch.
While I loved the story and the characters, the ending partially ruined it. It was the dreaded nonending. The action just stops after a major announcement. It wasn’t even a cliffhanger, just a sudden stop. I hate those endings. I guess there is nothing to do but wait impatiently for the next book to be released.