Finally out of my book slump. This book saved me.
Shalia is a 17 year old girl of the desert. She has a friend named Kata, who is an Elementae. She can manipulate water, but the Elementae are being hunted by the current king so she must stay in hiding. Shalia is leaving her home to be married to the king who is persecuting the elementae, but she does not worry for herself as she has no powers. All she hopes to do by marrying him is to be able to stop the war between their peoples and save her family, Kata included. When she finally meets King Calix, she sees that he is handsome, and believes everything that her family has told her about her wedding night being the most magical night, and having it be entrance into a wonderful marriage. However, the night was horrible for her, and she is beginning to think that her life with him will not be as magical as she thought it would be.
As she is starting to feel how guarded and limited her life with him will be, the Resistance begins to attack the royal family. Also, Shalia begins to feel the beginnings of her powers, and she worries how she is going to keep them from her husband.
This book was amazing. There’s no other way to describe it. Shalia is such a strong character, and although she goes through a lot throughout this book, she always keeps her head on straight and her eyes on the prize of peace and freedom for all. Family is a strong theme throughout this book, as her brother Kairos who goes to the castle with her plays a main role in the story, and Galen and Danae, Calix’s brother and sister, are also very important. No part of this book felt dull in the slightest, and all the scenes felt real. I often struggle to visualize things when they are written on paper, and I just overlook that so I can enjoy the book itself. However for this book, visualizing the scenes came easily to me, and that was important as everything was so detailed and beautiful. There is even LGBT representation in this book, which is often overlooked in stories that are supposed to be historically based. I recommend everyone who finds my review interesting to pick up this book when it comes out on January 30, 2018. But if you can’t wait, Goodreads has a giveaway for an arc copy on the page for this book.
Overall Rating: 5/5