Chancery is counting on her older sister Melina to help her find the right path. The fate of the world rests on the outcome of that guidance. But not everyone wants the entire world to survive. As usual, the key to the future lies in the mistakes of the past.
In a world where perfection is mandatory…
Melina's parents do not get along, not even a little bit. All Melina wants is to make her parents proud, to make them smile. But what brings joy to one causes the other to scowl. There's only one thing they both agree upon—Melina must win in single combat at the Centennial Games.
A single flaw renders you useless.
Melodics requires complete understanding of your opponent. Melina has no trouble analyzing and comprehending the motivations of others, which makes her a force to be reckoned with. But as the end draws near, as success dangles just out of her grasp, she discovers she may not know herself as well as she thought. And the thing she has refused to accept might be the very cause of her downfall.
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The misunderstood sister may hold the key
Evians are like no other species. With superhuman strength, ability to learn and retain perfectly, and capability of healing within minutes from almost any injury, they are the leaders of the world. Among evians, the royalty—the closest descendants of Eve—are even more skilled and live in luxury as they run the world. Yet life as a royal is far from peaceful. The six royal families are filled with backbiting, treachery, and plotting, both between families and even in their own ranks.
Millennia ago, a prophecy foretold that one of Eve’s daughters would be the “queen of queens” who could bring harmony to the fractured evian society. From a young age, Melina, daughter and heir of the most powerful of the six empresses, has known that she is different. She does not crave power. Her mother doubts her ability to make the ruthless moves necessary to hold the kingdom together. Her father hopes that she can be the one to bring about a better world: one in which all have equal opportunities.
Although she seriously doubts her ability to do that, Melina accepts it as her life’s calling. She believes that “we must choose good, no matter the sacrifice.” Putting her own desires behind her, her yearning for a peaceful life and true love, she begins to push for changes, to let her voice be heard, and prepares for the day she will step into her mother’s shoes. And then…her mother gives birth to twin daughters and Melina is moved to third in line for the throne. Further, when she fulfills a promise she made to her mother to protect the throne, she is banished from the island. Far from her family and her kingdom, Melina wrestles with her destiny. What is her purpose? Why did she work so hard to fulfill it, only to have it taken away before she could effect any real change? Does she even know who she is anymore…and did she ever know?
As she ponders the meaning of everything, she remembers her father’s life. Always in her mother’s shadow, all but forgotten after his death. Yet because of him, Melina overcame her uncertainty and was ready to lead her people. She realizes that one’s purpose in life doesn’t have to be obvious greatness. Melina’s father believed that his was simply to prepare her for her purpose. Melina slowly comes to believe she may also have the role of preparer and protector. It’s not what she expected but it just might be her true calling. While she may never rule, her kingdom still needs her…every ounce of courage and wisdom that she has acquired through her royal training as well as her years of solitude. As her father told her, “You may be inspired to act by a feeling, by attraction, but love is something you do.” Can Melina show her love for her family and her people…and even herself?
This book added a new depth to Chancery’s saga. Melina is seen earlier as not only a villain, but mentally unstable. Now we can see how each move was a deliberate act, committed in the firm belief that she was doing what she believed was best, not only for her people but for the future of humanity. And how she may be instrumental to Chancery’s ability to fulfill her own destiny.
As always, Bridget Baker's writing is both action-packed and beautiful. Her ability to capture emotion without long, boring descriptions, her realistic and varied characters, and her cleverness in weaving in real-life events (Pearl Harbor, 9-11, etc.) make this series a delight.