Here’s the beginning of a lush, epic, wholly original new trilogy that shines with magic, mystery, and captivating drama.
On the Veiled Isles, ominous signs are apparent to those with the talent to read them. The polarity of magic is wavering at its source, heralding a vast upheaval poised to alter the very balance of nature. Blissfully unaware of the cataclysmic events to come, Jianna Belandor, the beautiful, privileged daughter of a powerful Faerlonnish overlord, has only one concern: the journey to meet her prospective husband. But revolution is stirring as her own conquered people rise up against their oppressors, and Jianna is kidnapped and held captive at a rebel stronghold, insurance against what are perceived as her father’s crimes.
The resistance movement opens Jianna’s eyes―and her heart. Despite her belief in her father’s innocence, she is fascinated by the bold and charming nomadic physician and rebel sympathizer, Falaste Rione—who offers Jianna her only sanctuary in a cold and calculating web of intrigue. As plague and chaos grip the land, Jianna is pushed to the limits of her courage and resourcefulness, while virulent enemies discover that alliance is their only hope to save the human race.
I reeeeally liked this book and thought it set up a fantastic foundation for a series. I'm so excited to see what befalls Jianna and Rione (perhaps a romance?) and how they will escape the wrath they likely incurred from various parties. Also, how will all of the arcanists from the Six Houses possibly come together to combat the reversal of The Source?
This book alternated between three different storylines and while all were important to the tale, I was most riveted by Jianna's story. My only qualm is that I was left sputtering "don't end yet!" Despite this, I definitely recommend this book to fantasy lovers looking for something a bit different!