Like all reviews, I do not give away too much, because I don’t want to spoil the book read for you. What the website says:
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.
Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.
But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.
The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.
I began this book before I left North Carolina for our trip to Ireland. I read it at the airports. I read it on the plane. I read it while waiting on the room to be available. I read it when I had that first night of hardly any sleep due to exhaustion and excitement… I kept reading because I couldn’t stop piecing the puzzles together in my mind.
Helen Scheuerer has not only painted a stunning setting with her words – lands from sea coast to ancient forests to courtly cities – and those are just the ones the characters actually step foot in! I can see the fiery land Fiore hails from and I cannot wait to imagine the continent of Oremere. Another thing that captured me was her ability to make sure each character came to life. She definitely did not fall short in making me care, even for one character that I tried not to care about. When I end a novel and I feel like I cannot stop asking more questions or feel I need a break just to collect myself – it’s a novel worth sharing.
Each successive novel in the series has brought me more and more enjoyment. I never let myself tell you too much about the books, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but this series has been well written and I would definitely recommend it.