[December 11, 2012]
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:This book wasn't what I expected and a bit of a let down.
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 was expecting something very Games of Thrones-esque. Twisty and dark but with light moments. Still relatable. And while it had elements of Game of Thrones, it was lacking...something for me. It's now been a long time since I read, and nothing really sticks with me from that initial reading. The writing and characters are intriguing enough and the concept is interesting, but there's nothing really special to me about it.
However, I liked it enough to be pretty excited to find a copy of the sequel available at NYCC and pick it up and probably read it soon. Because there is something intriguing and I think part of the issue may have been that it was a LOT of set up for the next books in the series (I think there are three more?) so, in theory, the sequel will be way better. But, I'll have to let you know.