I have met a few lovely friends over the course of the last year and Sarina is one of them. When there was an opportunity to have an advanced copy I jumped at the chance. I also found it VERY interesting that the novel I had put to the side due to co-writer issues was called Rise of the Dragon, but thats another note. Now onto my review;
Growing up homeless and orphaned in a town that hates her, Rachael must assassinate the king of Rifarne to become queen to a people who once wanted her dead.
Rifarne is a country opposed to magic. When its people demand harsh action, King Aeric sees himself with no other choice but to outlaw those with the gift. Rachael, who possesses the rare gift of a Seer, soon finds herself with visions of her own violent death. When her escape goes wrong and she ends up in the clutches of a vicious Mist Woman lusting for her blood, she finds she is the only person who can stop the war against people like her – and assassinating the king to take his throne may well be the only way to do just that.
First of all this book cover is so beautifully simple I love it. Sometimes I feel like if there is too much going on it deters me from the book, but this, especially as I read it before seeing the cover fits the book perfectly! Plus black and gold are totally chic! Also, how to the point is that blurb? Rachael has to kill the king to become queen, I mean woah!
Of course, I didn't just read the book because Sarina became my friend, I also wanted to read it because of the amazing book progress updates that she does. You can see them here. It's also made me want to write better progress updates on my next novel that I write.
The prologue is extremely well-written, it's dark premise will draw you into the story immediately. The plot of the whole novel had a good pace and gave us a deliciously good serving of fantasy literature.
Rachael is a brilliant lead in this story. Well drawn and vivid. She has visions that can show her the future. A female lead who isn't ready made for her part in this story, which was a refreshing change from all the ready made ones. While not unable to defend herself, Rachael makes use of her instincts and street-smarts to try to stay out of trouble until she meets the Sparrows.
Overall this book was a wonderful addition to my fantasy collection and had all the elements that I love. The only thing I wanted to have more of was action. For me, there wasn't enough fight in the fight scenes and some of the deaths upset me more than I thought but this book was fantastic. You should all go and grab a copy of this book and read it and write your own review.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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