- Page Count: 354
- Release Date: July 18, 2017
- My Rating: 4.5 stars
Before: Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.
But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.
After: Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.
No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.
4.5 stars. It’s illegal DRAGON TRAFFICKING + politics with a truly wonderful main character.
I’ve been a bit hesitant going into the first books in new series recently because a lot of them set up interesting worlds and a list of characters but don’t actually do a lot with the page time. This was a well-rounded story that delivered some great character growth & action while building a super impressive world. So I’m really looking forward to the sequel now since there’s a great cast of characters and a strong plot to build on! Plus, I really appreciated that the dragon smuggling and political conflicts had depth to them. The author clearly put a lot of thought into the politics, religion, and history of everything.
And I was totally expecting Mira’s best friend/bodyguard to instantly be the love interest & main focus, so it was a nice change to not see so much page time spent on the flecks of color in his eyes or how he smelled. (I’m sorry, I really don’t mean to bash other YA books to praise this one. I love those books, too, but this was definitely a refreshing change).
One thing I really loved about the whole book was the author’s ability to really capture a moment. Jodi Meadows has always done an amazing job with worldbuilding. Most of the story took place in the prison, but it totally worked because that place felt SO REAL. Mira has anxiety (and OCD? not sure) and you could completely feel her struggles and determination to persevere. I really liked her character. She’s been told her looks are her main asset, so throughout the story she finds her own power/voice and chooses to be more than a political puppet.
AND DID I MENTION THERE ARE DRAGONS.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!