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Gr 9 Up-Three kingdoms, Limeros, Auranos, and Paelsia, struggle for riches and sovereignty in this complexly wrought tale of war, rebellion, and magic. A prophecy foretells the birth of a sorceress powerful enough to rival dead goddesses, ancient legend speaks of a ring that provides mastery over the Kindred (embodiments of elemental magic), and duplicitous betrayal leads to an alliance between royalty and commoner. The sorceress emerges in the form of Lucia, the princess of Limeros, while Cleo, the princess of Auranos, obtains the ring. Young Jonas, the son of a Paelsian wineseller, puts aside vengeance and aligns with his enemy to save his homeland. Intimations of romance and sex are interspersed with scenes of brutality and magic in an often-barbaric environment that vaguely echoes George R. R. Martin. The plot is packed with incident, although constantly changing points of view weaken the dramatic arc and interrupt the forward momentum. Characterizations are fairly stock, with little to differentiate them, and the stylized fantasy language occasionally stutters over modern colloquialisms. This first volume of an intended series sets up the backstory that informs and motivates the action to come. While the shifting points of view can be distracting, the result is short, action-driven chapters that may carry readers to the finish and on to the next volume.-Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
From an opening dripping with blood, magic, and betrayal through complex interweaving plots detailing treachery, deceit, and forbidden love, this novel is the first in a projected series that will immediately engage readers and keep them intrigued. When a simple Paelsian wine seller is murdered by an Auranian noble, the delicately balanced peace spanning three related kingdoms is split asunder by greed and entitlement. Four young people—Auranian princess Cleo, Paelsian rebel Jonas, Limerian prince Magnus, and his sister, princess Lucia—are catalysts, while witches and kings have equal part in courtly machinations leading to all-out war. Skillful world building and descriptive but not flowery prose allow the complex and layered plot, as well as the strong characters, to take center stage of this expansive epic. A quest to find and control the Kindred, four legendary crystals that hold the purest magic, along with a sorceress who can control all the elements, leaves tantalizing threads hanging for the next book. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Rhodes, the popular author of urban fiction, makes her high-fantasy debut here; the novel is being heavily promoted at Comic-Con International and Comic-Con New York. Grades 7-12. --Charli OsborneSee all Editorial Reviews
Looking for a book that could grab my attention...and I found it ...it has unexpected action ... Similar to game of thrones with the fighting and Royals but not as long winded !Published 15 hours ago by Helena C.
I can see why people have said this series is like Game of Thrones because no character is really safe in this story. There is also a whole lot of gore and blood. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
I haven't finish it yet, but I really like how it goes so far.Published 7 days ago by octavio muñoz fuentes
Awesome book. Has action,adventure,intrigue,romance,twists and turns,fantasy ,I would like to read more from this author and will make sure I doPublished 10 days ago by M.T.R.
At first I wasn't sure what to think of this book, what seemed to be like the main characters I was beginning to hate and those that acted as the enemy became my favourite. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
THIS BOOK WAS A LITTLE SLOW TO BEGIN AND AT TIMES GOT A BIT BOGGED DOWN BUT THE LATTER HALF OF THE BOOK WAS QUITE BEWITCHING AND I JUST HAVE TO BUY HER NEXT BOOK.Published 1 month ago by Joy
Amazing condition! And no spoilers but its amazing book over all :) loved itPublished 1 month ago by Janette
The box was a bit ruff but the book was not harmed. Can't wait to read it.Published 1 month ago by william
This book has been in my radar for a long long long time. I’ve had it to read forever and just haven’t gotten around to it. Read more