When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.
Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.
Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.
With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?
MY BOOK REVIEW:
What a ride!
This has to be the next best YA Fantasy to come out! I’ve not read anything quite like this. Ross can weave a tale! She is a gifted author with an incredible story-telling ability that keeps you engaged and riveted to the pages.
Her world-building is fantastic and compelling. She created a world centered around passions which do not include magic. What does, is actually limited to just one area of the story. I found this refreshing because you were more intrigued in the story than in what magic they were going to wield next to resolve issues. This way, it was left up to personal ingenuity and realistic resourcefulness of the characters in the story to resolve crises.
I loved this book and intend on following the author to see what she’ll come up with next.
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