Sixteen-year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father's past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian king's army--until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and throw him in jail along with the secrets from his last mission as the king's assassin. Secrets that could help the king win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.
Desperate to escape before the king's capricious whims prove to be her and her father's downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It's a good trade. And she has faith she'll get them both out of the king's grasp in time.
But that was before the discovery that she's the weapon the king's been waiting for in his war.
Now time is running out. To save her father's life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father's past before the king takes his life--and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.
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An engaging and fast paced read.
I've had this on my wishlist since it first came out so when I got a chance to listen to the audio, I jumped at it and let me tell you that the audio is fantastic!!
Breena was an awesome heroine. She has lived her life as a barmaid and pretty much oblivious to the outside world. She has heard of the Elementals but it hasn't affected her life, that is until some soldiers come. They recognize her father as a traitor and arrest him. They take Breena with them and from that moment on her life changes forever.
As I said, she was an awesome character. She was brave, responsible, caring, smart and sassy! She is devastated that her dad lied to her but she doesn't hold it against him. She is determined to find out the truth no matter what and save her dad. She also knows her own mind and won't let anyone persuade her otherwise. She has a smart mouth but knows when enough is enough. She is everything you want in a strong level headed heroine!
Then we have the love interest Caden. The prince who is torn between loyalty to a horrible father and feelings toward Breena. I loved Caden too. He is sweet, kind to Breena but so torn up about his dad. He has a duty to his people and hopes to one day fulfill it but how can he overcome his overbearing father!
Plot wise, it was fast paced and intriguing. I love books with elementals in it and this was no different. I loved finding out all the different powers. I loved the twists and turns the author threw in, some I could see coming and some I didn't! The world building in this book was phenomenal. I loved the mythology behind the elementals and the author put her all into it and it shows. Her attention to detail and vivid descriptions make for an excellent read.
In all this was an entertaining read. I loved everything about it and can not wait for the next book!! It doesn't help that this ends with a twist because now the wait is going to be longer!!!
As I said already, the audio of this was fantastic and I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. Misty Daugherty did a great job with the characters and voices. She made for effortless listening. She brought across Breenas fighting spirit which I think was the most important part. I'm so glad I listened to it instead of reading it!!
- Natalie @ BookLoversLife
Couldn't Stop Listening
Yes, the book started a bit slowly, with short, often curt sentences and the narration was a little stilted for the first few chapters but after that it was great.
Breena has lived as a barmaid in her father’s tavern for the first 16 years of her life when it’s all thrown into turmoil after she runs into some of the kings adepts; persons who have elemental powers of either fire (Torchers), water (Throwers), air (Riders), and earth (Shakers). Each kingdom had an affinity to a specific element; the Egrian kingdom had a lot of “Torchers” and the Nereidium kingdom has an affinity to water. These powers usually don't show until the age of 17 or older.
She finds out her father is a rider, and a Duke to boot; the former best friend of the king of Egeria, who’s been in hiding all this time. The king of Egeria is a crazy, sadistic SOB, who wants control over Nereidium, and has held their princess, Aleta, captive for the last 16 years. He’s engineered the engagement of his son, Prince Caden, to Aleta in hopes of gaining control in Neredium, after the country has successfully repelled the attacks of the king’s torchers, riders, and shakers;( he’s missing a thrower in his pool of adepts)
Bree is forced to stay at court while her father is imprisoned by the king, who thinks her father has a weapon that could help him take over all the countries in his sites.
A wonderful fantasy novel, definitely worth a read!
I loved the father/daughter dynamic in this series, I'm not particularly close to my own father but I have a 5 year old daughter and she is incredibly close to her daddy.
The snapshots we get of what life was like for Bree and her dad before the king got his hooks into her are enchanting She really comes into her own in this story but still wants/needs her dad to be with her and wants his advice.The mythology behind the Adepts/Elementals with the religion of the Makers, I'm interested to see how that all shakes out. The romance between Breena and Prince Caden was "meh" to me, it was fine but it didn't really grab me. It felt a little forced at times but I'll hold my judgement on it until I read/listen to the second book.
I haven't listened to Misty's performances before, I enjoyed her narration and would pick up another book with her as the narrator.
Yes, I stayed up late two nights in a row to finish this book, I couldn't stop listening.
The secondary characters were interesting too, Aleta was a firecracker; Tregle was one of my favorites in the book, Lady Cait a good villian. There was an attempt at a "twist" at the end that I figured out fairly early on; it wasn't much of a surprise. I received this book at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast; thanks Jennifer for letting me listen to your book.