Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
Genre: Fantasy / YA
Publisher: Amulet Books
Elements: Racism, Empire, Violence, Enslavement, Child Abuse, Misogyny.
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. Raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as ‘The Lady’. Who sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?
Am so proud of myself the way am indulging and digesting fantasy reads lately 😁, and as a debut Novel, with such magical thrill, characters, villains, it’s Nigeria renderings and names, I see this being a favourite in the fantasy readers world.
While i listened to the audiobook version (which i reccomend) and brilliantly narrated, i got lost in the characters few times but quickly caught up.
The villains, entire character, Africa cultures/names, songs….was so moving and engaging. There are loving friendships and a forbidden romance, clear depictions of imagery and mythology.
Loved the main character and her friendship with Ekindayo and their instant connections. Tarisai has always wanted to bond with people or someone.
A mesmerizing tale you should check out…. But there’s a sequel