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Publisher Description

New York Times bestselling author Amy Ewing delivers a dark and riveting tale that "will have fans of Oliver’s Delirium, Cass’s The Selection, and DeStefano’s Wither breathless.”*

The Jewel has many meanings: wealth, beauty, royalty. But for Violet, the Jewel has always meant servitude.

Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet is destined for the Jewel. She is trained as a surrogate for the elite and is bought by the Duchess of the Lake at auction. And she quickly learns that beneath the Jewel’s glittering façade lies the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her life...all while fighting for her survival. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess’s control. A forbidden love sparks.

But their illicit affair has consequences, which will cost them both more than they bargained for. And toeing the line between being calculating and rebellious, Violet must decide what, and who, she is willing to risk for her own freedom.


Young Adult
September 2
Ninth Grade

Customer Reviews

Penny Kidman ,


I couldn’t put this book down! I usually shy away from reading, but I read this in two days! I didn’t know if I would like it, but there was just the right amount of romance, dystopia and drama.

Teaching Psychology Every Day ,

Pretty good!!

I found this series because I was looking for another series like the selection😂😂 the world that this book is set in is very interesting and unique and honestly that was one of the best parts. the characters themselves were pretty good, the duchess is very interesting and so is Lucien. In my opinion, though, I didn’t really enjoy Ash and Violets romance because it happened so quickly and in the middle of the novel. the premise of what violet has to do because she is a surrogate is enticing and that is one of the main reasons why I kept reading it. Overall, great book!! It’s relatively like the selection except Violet and Ash don’t really have that “best friend” connection that America and Maxon did. I also recommend the “Red Queen” series!!!

Kikiawesomeniss ,

Great book!

I have a lot of favorite series, switched series every month or so, and this is the series I have stuck with the most! I love how there’s always a cliffhanger, and it really makes you want to read it! I recommend it. You won’t regret it.

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