Being a part of NetGalley is a wonderful experience. It allows me to review books I would have never otherwise gotten around to. I requested this book because of the stunning cover, and the brilliant description written on the back cover. It intrigued me so much I just had to request this book and see if I could be able to review it, luckily for me the publisher decided that yes I could.
“Look at her – she’s Hill Clan. Even the Matyrani don’t like them …”
Isaura – little is known about her race, but much is whispered. Born to refugees, she grows up enduring racism and superstition within a community that fears her. She has few friends, and those she treasures. Trapped, she longs for escape to a different life. Escape is only the beginning of her troubles. Having fled an invading army with her friends, Isaura is faced with heinous choices in order to survive. Secrets from her past emerge to torment her and threaten to destroy all she holds dear. Her struggles forge a bond with an ancient power – a power which may transform or consume her. Old hatreds and superstitions are renewed and at her most vulnerable she learns the true nature of those around her.
Her only hope lies in a foreign land – a land rich in tradition; ruled by three powerful clans. A land with a history marked by warfare; where magic as we know it does not exist. Instead what is here, in abundance, is a more primal power. Survival carries a high price.
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I was disappointed with this book. I went into reading this book thinking it would be about the main character Isaura, however after an accident we go through the rest of the story as other characters. Because of this it was very hard to create an attachment with any of the characters, although Pio did manage to get into my heart.
Meeting Asha and Umniga is the only reason I stayed true with the story. I needed to know what was happening with Isaura and the clans. Learning about the Kenati was also super interesting, I loved how their beliefs intertwined with everything else. I can also see the relationship between the Kenati and Isaura developing a lot in the second book.
Although this disappointed me it wouldn't stop me from seeking out the second book in the series and seeing how this can continue. I believe there is a brilliant story awaiting to be told, and I can't wait to read it.