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Genre: Sci-fi and fantasy, teens and YA.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I enjoy many YA reads and I’m a sucker for all things magic so thought I’d try this read. I did enjoy it but it felt very lightweight, a read that’s for me a good one but just not a great one.
Serena, the main character, who’s voice tells the story. I really liked her, loyal to her family, loving and caring even though she’s brought up in a society which values women only if they have magic in their blood, and then if it’s high enough they’re put out to tender, so to speak, on the marriage market to a warlock, who hopes they’ll breed more warlocks with a good amount of magic. One step out of line and the females are outcast, spurned and labelled Tarnished. Chardonia only values Magic, and those without it are nothing. It’s a cruel, male dominated society and I so felt for her, stuck within it and about to be married off. She’s bought by an awful man, who’s just become a Chancellor. Her father is pleased at the match, and orders Serena to be obedient to Thomas and not to let the family down. Then Thomas is killed in a tournament, and she’s handed over along with the rest of his possessions to a barbarian, Zade. They’ve been brought up on tales of horror about his people and she’s terrified. It turns out though that he’s very different to what she expects, and we get a story of trust, honour and new discoveries, along with a good side of danger and betrayals.
I really enjoyed this story, and the magics used. The horrors of the Warlocks were almost unbelievable, they’d stop at nothing in the pursuit of power and most were totally amoral, caring nothing for anyone except themselves.Read more ›
I really should’ve given this book 5 stars, but I think the start was a little unclear for me. It got straight into the action but the scenes that started the book gave away very little context for the story. Also it was quite slow and I would have liked a little more action – especially as the good romance doesn’t come in until near the end...
I would recommend this book to girls, I’m not saying boys shouldn’t read it but it has a lot of focus on women’s rights, or in this case warlocks/magical blooded women’s rights. You know what, the women are slaves; tarnished or not they are slaves. I loved the setting of the book – not the slavery part! I do not in any way support slavery! - modern but at the same time kind of archaic in things – breeches, seriously, I love my trousers but if they were called that there is no way I would wear them.
The world building was really good and it’s a very interesting concept. For the world Serena lived in she is very strong willed and bold, qualities I really admired her for, especially as she always stood up for her family despite hating the things she was expected to do. I found it so ironic that the ‘barbaric’ Envadi characters were in fact the complete opposite; despite being large – I like to view that as large in a muscular way; please don’t judge me, I can’t help it – and having the appearance of being big and scary.
I liked the way it ended; I didn’t truly understand what Zade did and the ball and I really wished there had been more action in that scene but overall it was a really good book and I’m looking forward to the next one.
Honestly I thought the exact same thing as Serena about Zade and... OMG I can’t remember her name!Read more ›
This world is cruel and demeaning to women, with an inherent misogyny that is really awful to read, yet somehow Serena is more than just a downtrodden girl. Yes, she’s frightened and intimidated and has been abused her entire life, but she’s also spent much of that life protecting her younger sisters from her father’s spite and that’s where she’s gained her strength. She knows she has few choices in life, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it or meekly comply with male orders. Even when she knows she’ll only get in trouble, there’s an admirable spark in Serena that makes her a compelling lead character.
The pace is slow and steady as it goes along, building the tension as the story unravels and Serena learns more about both what it means to be an engaged woman in her world, and also what a measure of freedom can do. I loved that there are no quick fixes here. Yes, in Zade’s home things are far different from what Serena’s ever known before, but he still owns her and has the right to punish her, so it’s no easy thing for Serena to adjust as she tests out boundaries and tries to understand what kind of man she’s about to marry.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It interesting and intense read at times. I really enjoyed it and found it difficult to put down, I finished it in a couple of evenings. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hannah
This book wasn't what i was expecting! I did go into it fairly cold without much research, but the title and cover had me thinking it would be a romance story, when really it's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Donna C
All that Serena knows is that she will always have to do what she's told by her owner, and that she will always be owned by one warlock or another. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would hate to be a woman in this country, held back 2nd class citizen!! Very good story like but looks like a very long series with each book being about main character and her... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well I've done next to no work all week, I couldn't put this down!!! An interesting if frustrating concept and good character development.Published 13 months ago by InAwe
The book started off a little slow but by the time I got to the tournament part of the book I couldn't put it down. What an amazing job for the author.Published 14 months ago by Lisa Ellis
Well written, imaginative, story moved at a swift pace. I can't fault this book a must read! Very excited to start the next one!Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
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