Sixteen year old, Lady Kimess, is expected to one day inherit the role of Royal Seer. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, Kimess steps up now. Untrained, and ill prepared, she doesn’t have a choice. Her remaining family’s safety, as well as her life, rest in the hands of the Queen of Lazrel. Kimess isn’t without allies—even royal ones. Both of the queen’s sons have shown support. If she’s not careful, a friendship with either prince could prove deadly.
Kimess’ telepathic and prophetic abilities are called into action when a delegation from the bordering empire arrives to renegotiate a treaty. Mistrust and rumors from every corner of the kingdom swirl around her. Under constant guard in the castle, the only way Kimess can keep her life and one day earn her freedom is by giving the queen everything she requires—no matter the risks.
One word… Fantastic.
I’m not a big reader of YA books. I guess I never considered myself interested in them. Until now. I had to admit, I wasn’t sure what I was going to get when I opened this book. This is a new to me author and I’m rather leery of new authors.
I was blown away. Cassie Clover has created a world that’s unique and familiar at the same time. I was immediately immersed in Kimess and her world. I had to know what would happen next and the writing was tight. I read this book in one sitting!
Kimess is a complex character. She’s still a young adult, but due to circumstances beyond her control, she’s been thrown into a world that seems way above her head. I loved watching her grow and stretch her abilities through this book. She’s not just that girl who shrinks away from problems. She may not want to deal with the issues around her, but she hits them head-on. I loved her gumption and hope she gets a happy ending (since I see this is the first book in the series! Yay!). Oh and the romance with Nemal? The one Kimess doesn’t really want, but kind of does? Yeah, I’d love to see it come to fruition, too!
I have to add two of the side characters I loved. Remmy and Faldar. These two have some white hot chemistry. I loved that the author wasn’t afraid to put LGBT characters in the book and that these guys are so great together. I rooted for them to get a happy ending as much as I rooted for Kimess.
If you want a book with telepaths, dragon shifters and all sorts of twists and turns, then this is the book for you. It captivated me throughout and kept me guessing what would happen next. Recommended highly.