Her (not very) Serene Highness Princess Tiana tries her best not to think about the dark lords ravaging her country or how the magic in her bloodline makes her family go mad. The descendant of a legendary hero, she prefers bringing the myths of old to life on the theater stage, not on the battlefield.Then a rash of suspicious deaths strikes the Regents—trusted advisors, friends, and guides to her troubled royal family—and the Noble’s Council tries to cover it all up. Tiana is determined to get to the bottom of the murders and the conspiracy, even if that means making a dangerous pact with a telepathic demon trapped in a magical sword. But he may just be the edge she needs to save the people she loves.
Cursed sword in hand, Tiana and her friends prepare to face the encroaching darkness—and the ultimate truth about her and her family.
4 of 5 Stars
At the very beginning of the book the amount of foreign information and immense amount of detail had me a bit lost. Once I really began to understand the new vocabulary and had a sense of the world I really began to enjoy the story. There were a few moments I felt the detail was a bit over done but I still really enjoyed it. The characters were what really drew me in from the very first scene. There were quite a few to keep me engaged but not so many I had trouble keeping track. The entire story skated that line between not enough and too much perfectly for me. I was able to get a real feel for the history the family. I related to Tiana the most on a personal level mostly because of her attitude. At times her tantrums annoyed me but after examining how I would react it was very realistic! Kiar though was my favorite character of the story. I felt an incredible amount of empathy for her and the internal battle she was in balancing so much on her shoulders. For me this book was a refreshing break from a lot of the young adult genre I’ve been reading. It was just as clean in content but with more detail and new vocabulary than books geared toward a younger audience. If you enjoy young adult fantasy but want branch out into some material more geared to the older crowd I highly recommend this book.
As an Air Force kid, Chrysoula went to twelve schools in twelve years and spent a lot of time wondering what made people tick. Books, it turned out, helped with that question. These days she lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, which includes many small and demanding creatures who fight over her attention. Her first book, urban fantasy MATCHBOX GIRLS, was published in 2012 by the small press Candlemark & Gleam, followed annually by two more books in the same SENYAZA Series, all of which explore the impact of the supernatural on those who are— or who want to be— ordinary. Her next book, CITADEL OF THE SKY, is the first of a new series about the descendants of a Chosen One and the legacy of power and mental illness they’ve inherited. It’s also about Dark Lords and kicking butt in nice dresses.
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