Nothing makes a new school suck worse than discovering the guy you’re in love with is your prophesied nemesis.
Ari is the most powerful flame-throwing sorceress ever, and her people’s last hope in an ancient war. But she’s also a seventeen-year-old girl, and in her free, not-hunting-nemesis times, she jumps from school to school, trying to figure out regular people her own age and pretending she’ll get the chance to graduate.
Shane lives a double life. He goes to school and masters the art of popularity, hiding the fact that he has a fate with a slim chance of his survival. He’s destined to end a 300 year-old war by killing or being killed. He knows he’s hunted by a powerful enemy who’s not afraid to die. Only problem? He has no idea who that enemy is.
When Ari shows up at Shane’s school, angry and sullen and determined to keep him at arm’s reach, neither of them realize they are supposed to be killing each other, not falling in love. Until Ari does realize it, and she almost dies – by Shane’s hand.
Ari is a sorceress, the Prodigy of the Edren family. She has never had a normal life, having been enrolled in sixteen boarding schools in nine years. She’d been homeschooled until third grade, but after that, the Family started sending her out to hunt the Caruleses in a deadly war. The war has been raging for 300 years and the only way for it to end is for one family’s Prodigy to kill the other’s.
Wendy Knight has written a fast-paced action story with very believable and real characters. Ari has had to live a life without friends. No one can find out who she is, so she keeps everyone away from her. She has to drop everything every time her grandfather summons her to do battle again and she is very tired of the killing. When she starts her senior year at yet another boarding school, she discovers people who actually want to get to know her and be friends. I really enjoyed watching Ari dealing with normal high school life and beginning to have fun. “A field full of angry Carules all trying to kill her she understood. Friendly high school girls? Not so much.”
And then there is Shane, the most popular boy in the school. I found Shane to be very likeable as well. He is kind and he has the girls all swooning over him, but he doesn’t let that go to his head. He spends his time with his cousin, Charity, and his best friend, Hunter, trying to led a normal life even though he is actually the Carules’ Prodigy.
There are many wonderful characters in this book and there are also, of necessity, some really horrible ones. The leaders of both groups of sorcerers are determined to keep the war going for their own financial profits. Ari, Shane, Charity, and Hunter have to make some very tough decisions, helped by Ari’s older brother, Will, who is one of the renegade sorcerers, those who have refused to fight any more.
This story is a real page-turner with lots of action and intrigue. But even more than that, there is a depth to the story which makes it much more than just a story about a feuding war. It is a coming-of-age story which is handled realistically and compassionately. The only problem I have with this novel is that it is the first in a series (Fate on Fire), and while it does end in a reasonable spot, I can’t wait to read the next book. I hope it is published soon!
If you enjoy fantasy and intrigue, I recommend that you give Feudlings a try. I am sure you will not be disappointed.