A dark, queer YA fantasy that's perfect for fans of the Three Dark Crowns series. After Emanuela Ragno kills the one person in Occhia who can create water, she must find a way to save her city from dying of thirst. Emanuela Ragno always gets what she wants. With her daring mind and socialite schemes, she refuses to be the demure young lady everyone wants her to be. In her most ambitious move yet, she's about to marry Alessandro Morandi, her childhood best friend and the heir to the wealthiest house in Occhia. Emanuela doesn't care that she and her groom are both gay, because she doesn't want a love match. She wants power, and through Ale, she'll have it all. But Emanuela has a secret that could shatter her plans. In the city of Occhia, the only source of water is the watercrea, a mysterious being who uses magic to make water from blood. When their first bruise-like omen appears on their skin, all Occhians must surrender themselves to the watercrea to be drained of life. Everyone throughout history has given themselves up for the greater good. Everyone except Emanuela. She's kept the tiny omen on her hip out of sight for years. When the watercrea exposes Emanuela during her wedding ceremony and takes her to be sacrificed, Emanuela fights back . . . and kills her. Now Occhia has no one to make their water and no idea how to get more. In a race against time, Emanuela and Ale must travel through the mysterious, blood-red veil that surrounds their city to uncover the secrets of the watercrea's magic and find a way to save their people -- no matter what it takes.
Mara Fitzgerald has a way with words that leaves me speechless. Her style is short, to the point, very matter-of-fact.
I’m usually one for flowy, pretentious prose that requires the reader to have a thesaurus on standby (we all have flaws), but this book is so easy to read because of its simplicity with words.
The depth and insight into Emanuela’s character is in the very careful word choice, the perfectly crafted sentences that give you a look inside the inner workings of her thought process. They make you realize things about Emanuela that she herself has yet to fully sit with and unpack.
Sigh. If only the girl would stop and feel emotions other than anger, jealousy, and greed whenever they passed her mind. Maybe in the next one.
I can’t wait for the next one.