"I love this book so very much."—Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin trilogy
Romantic high fantasy from the bestselling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka and Exit, Pursued by a Bear.
It's been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium's king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. The heroes who brought home the gem are renowned in story and song, but for two fellows on the quest, peace and prosperity don't come easily.
Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart wasn't meant for heroism so early in life, and while she has no intention of giving up the notoriety she's earned, reputation doesn't pay her bills. Kalanthe may be forced to betray not her kingdom or her friends, but her own heart as she seeks a stable future for herself and those she loves.
Olsa Rhetsdaughter was never meant for heroism at all. Beggar and thief, she lived hand to mouth on the streets until fortune--or fate--pulled her into Kalanthe's orbit. And now she's reluctant to leave it. Even more alarmingly, her fame has made her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn't much of a choice at all.
Both girls think their paths are laid out, but the godsgem isn't quite done with them and that new golden age isn't a sure thing yet.
In a tale both sweepingly epic and intensely personal, Kalanthe and Olsa fight to maintain their newfound independence and to find their way back to each other.
Solid concept but fairly okay execution
I think there's a lot to applaud in this book. For starters, this book's pretty sapphic. If you're looking for sapphic rep, this is it. However, this one's not your ordinary fantasy book. This one's more of a high fantasy but I have a few critiques (or what I didn't like so much in the story). The author's writing reminded me of a high fantasy novel, but don't be fooled by the cover. While it does look like the characters are going on a journey filled with action, this book's actually a queer (f/f) YA fantasy. The romance is good but sometimes I want a fast paced action packed novel and it just didn't meet my expectations (in this regard). It was okay though, I did like it but I'm not so sure if this is a favorite. My least favorite things about this book were all based on my own preferences. If you liked the things I mentioned above, then this book's (probably) for you!