When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.
At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Henry Holt And Co Books For Young Readers and Netgalley #Partner For gifting me with this E-ARC. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3.75 out of 5 Stars.
So first and foremost, total #BookNerdShame I have NOT read The Remnant Chronicles, did I just spoil that series for myself? I do not know. However, my gut feeling tells me I have not. I know this is the same world, but different characters, so I should be okay.
It did take me quite awhile to get immersed into this world, but once I hit about 50% I was so in love with this story, with Kazi, and Jase, as well as Kazi’s friends Wren and Synove. The more I progressed into this story the more I was hoping that Kazi and Jase could put their games aside and just let things happen. Once I got to the last 20% of the book I could not put it down. The story really picked up its pace, and got very enthralling. This book has made me miss the world Of YA Fantasy, and now I am craving more!
Pearson builds a beautiful world, and her story telling was quite impeccable, I felt like I living in this world, and I had no difficulty imagining the places she takes her readers. This book is filled with so many beautiful quotes, I know in no time, I am going to see them on candles, art prints, and bookmarks. This book is going to be huge, and I am excited that I got to be a part of it so early. The last thing I am going to end, is that damn ending! This ending is the reason why I don’t like reading YA Fantasy when its first published, the damn cliff hangers, and now I have to wait another year!!! Mary E. Pearson you tricky little trickster! Job well done, you have me biting my nails for the next one!!
This book is out August 7th, and I’ve seen early physical copies, It’s stunning guys, you will want to buy this one based on the cover, and what’s underneath. I promise!
SOME SAID IT BEGAN WITH THE STARS. THEY BROUGHT A MAGIC THE WORLD COULD NOT CONTAIN.