- Page Count: 535
- Release Date: April 5, 2016
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
Goodreads book description:
A burning vengeance.
Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. The son of the queen of the Fells, Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?
A blood-based curse.
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.
Destiny’s fiery hand.
Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.
Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.
I would recommend reading the Seven Realms series before this book!
BUT also maybe wait a bit before starting this new series. I originally read this book in July after finishing the Seven Realms books and couldn’t get past a main character’s death at the beginning. It was SO pointless and depressing that I called this a DNF because it just felt like
But now it’s the end of December and I was able to read this as a new story instead of just looking for more of Han, Raisa, and Amon as adults. I absolutely LOVE this world and it was so much fun to return to it!!
This book is about Ash (Han & Raisa’s son), Gerard’s never-ending war, and DRAGONS. It’s a bit of a slower start, so just hang in there because the ending is awesome and sets up this series really well! I wasn’t really into the romance here, but it’s fine. I don’t know that I would’ve particularly cared about much here or had as strong of a sense of the world without reading the previous series, though, so definitely look into The Demon King first!
UPDATE: the second book is awesome. So definitely check out this series if you love YA fantasy!