Trust no witch . . .
Iraya Adair has spent her life in a cell. Heir of an overthrown and magically-gifted dynasty, she was exiled from her home on the island nation of Aiyca when she was just a child. But every day brings her closer to freedom - and vengeance.
Jazmyne Cariot grew up dressed in gold, with stolen magic at her fingertips. Daughter of the self-crowned doyenne, her existence is a threat to her mother's rule. But unlike her sister, Jazmyne has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother's power.
Sworn enemies, the two witches enter a deadly alliance to take down the woman who threatens both their worlds.
But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain - except the lengths Iraya and Jazmyne will go to win this game.
Two witches. One motive. And a very untrustworthy alliance.
Ancestral magic radiates throughout Smart's Jamaican folklore inspired YA debut, a dual narrative driven by grief and revenge. When her sister is killed in a sacrificial ceremony, 17-year-old Alumbrar witch Jazmyne Cariot vows to bring the island of Aiyca's doyenne down. But Doyenne Cariot is her mother, who regularly sacrifices children to protect the island, and who murdered the previous royal family, the Adairs, a decade before, taking the crown for herself. Having hidden her identity since that coup, 18-year-old Obeah witch Iraya Adair, sole survivor and rightful heir to the throne, is released from prison, also planning to kill Doyenne Cariot. Recognizing that they share a common goal, Jazmyne and Iraya reluctantly ally themselves: Jazmyne seeks to avenge the death of her sister and innocent Alumbrar children, while Iraya wants justice for her slaughtered family and Obeah everywhere. Reminiscent of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, Smart's ornate world succeeds in its fantastical backdrops and frequent action. Though it grows increasingly meandering after an electric start, the story clearly navigates the intricacies of maintaining power and respect while singing the necessities of honor and trust. Ages 14 up.)\n