The Kingdom of Septima is ruled in all but name by the Commune, a ruthless cult that seeks control of an ancient power that has taken root in unsuspecting children in Septima. To maintain their hold on the kingdom, the Commune will stop at nothing to capture children who show signs of this power, to be weaponised or eliminated. 18-year-old Evelyn Folksman is in hiding. Taken in by a tavern-owner, she is haunted by the horrific events that drove her from her home years before. Evelyn is forced to face her past when two wayward children, Raif and Rose Huntsman, arrive at the tavern, pursued by Commune soldiers. The children fall under Evelyn's reluctant care as the trio narrowly escape a raid. Relentlessly hunted by Commander Jonah Sulemon and Commune agent Lord Eirik Torrant, Evelyn and Raif cannot fathom why they pose such a threat to the Commune, until six-year-old Rose unwittingly reveals a terrible secret: she possesses powers more fearsome than any the Commune has unearthed in decades. There are only two options: to be captured and imprisoned, or to run for the rest of their lives. They hurtle feverishly through the countryside, barely evading Commune attacks, and inadvertently finding themselves in the middle of a growing rebellion against the Commune's oppressive regime. Evelyn, Raif, and Rose must learn who to trust and who to fight as they evade the deadly grasp of the Commune in the first chapter of this exciting new trilogy...
Emotional complexity and fantasy adventure!
I was so impressed with the authors command of scene setting, dialogue and representation created a storyline that was succinct, lifelike and frankly, addictive. Something to be celebrated considering this is a debut novel!
The characters are so fully created that you can *almost* decipher how they might react to the situations they find themselves in, whilst still completing the twists and turns of the narrative as you learn about this new world, it’s people and their quirks.
The authors writing of strong emotions is masterful, I found myself moved on a number of occasions when the character experienced rage, sorrow and longing. The complexity of their emotional experiences was as human as you or I, with deft references to mental health.
The ending is the perfect set up for the next instalment of the trilogy. I am genuinely impatient to find out what happens next!