Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever. (From Amazon)
**I Received this book for free, Via Netgalley, in exchange of an honest review.**
*I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars**
First off, let me say. Anyone reading this book, needs to read the glossary, The character guide, and possibly the Author’s Note, before reading the actual book.
I did not do it that way, and I was terribly disappointed with this book. I wanted to love it, I really did. But I just cannot. Maybe had I read the above mentioned sections first, I would have felt differently. This book would have been truly fascinating, without the magic part of the story. What this book is based on historically, would have made for such an incredible read.
Anna kissed a lot of boys, and cared deeply for a lot of boys. I could not warm up to her character, at all, nor could I warm up to the boys that she kissed. Her parents were terrible, her sister was horrible, the only family she had with any redeeming qualities was her brother, who is barely mentioned.
This is book one of a series, that is released on March 28th. Unfortunately, I will not be continuing with the story. Ultimately this book was just not the right fit for me. But I believe it will be enjoyed by others.