After a three-year siege, Lord Kern, the dark mage, is dead. Magic has left Tredare, and life is almost back to normal.
For everyone except Maren, that is.
Before the siege, an attack by Lord Kern left Maren near death and with a sliver of magic buried deep inside her. Now, for reasons Maren doesn’t understand, that magic has been triggered, giving her the ability to “see” the truth: that her world is nothing more than a magical façade; and that the kingdom’s hero may not be a hero at all.
But this gift of sight comes at a high cost. Maren is in constant pain, and fears her own death is imminent. Plus, no one believes her suspicions that another Dark Mage has risen, and that Tredare may be in just as much danger as it was when Kern was alive.
With the country’s future in the hands of a man who’s vowed revenge on its king, Maren must convince someone else of the truth. Unfortunately, the only person powerful enough to help is also the one man she can’t trust; the man she almost married; the man who abandoned her and disappeared for three years: Kern’s son.
As Tredare crumbles around them, Maren must persuade him to help - before the king is murdered by the very hero he reveres; and before the same magic that gives Maren the gift of sight also takes her life.
REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 13 years, 3 months
MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:
I did have to stop reading because of inappropriate parts, but overall the book was great!
This book is intense and the author pulls you in. You feel as if the characters are alive and you are experiencing everything with them, which can be quite terrifying!
This book was a masterpiece and you could feel the tension from the characters radiating off the pages.
My favorite character is Daric because he is a great king. He loves his friends, family and subjects. I believe he would do anything for them.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories of great kingdoms, a brave young lady and a love that has no limits.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 14 and up.