An epic fantasy filled with adventure, intrigue, and romance from the New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Plain Jane, perfect for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
When Princess Wilhelmina was a child, the Indigo Kingdom invaded her homeland. Ten years later, Wil and the other noble children who escaped are ready to fight back and reclaim Wil’s throne. To do so, Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate the Indigo Kingdom palace with hopes of gathering information that will help them succeed.
But Wil has a secret—one that could change everything. Although magic has been illegal for a century, she knows her ability could help her save her kingdom. But magic creates wraith, and the deadly stuff is moving closer and destroying the land.
And if the vigilante Black Knife catches her using magic, she may disappear like all the others....
First in a fantasy duology, this tale of a young royal fighting to retake her country from invaders intertwines espionage, secret identities, a debate on the ethics of violence, and the threat of Wraith, a supernatural force that seeks to overwhelm conquered and conquerors alike. A hypercompetent fighter, forger, and spy, 17-year-old Wil keeps her magical abilities secret, since magic has been banned as the cause of the relentless wave of Wraith that has destroyed neighboring kingdoms, turning harmless animals into devouring monsters and perverting nature wherever it spreads. Wil's more mundane transgressions of the Indigo Kingdom's law are enough to attract the attention of a mysterious vigilante, Black Knife. Wil increasingly finds herself disagreeing with her own leader, the ruthless Patrick, and coming to trust Black Knife. Though Black Knife's identity proves unsurprising, along with the outcomes of Wil's interpersonal relationships, Meadows (the Incarnate trilogy) delivers a powerful coming-of-age story as Wil discovers that there are "lines will not cross, not even to take the vermillion throne." A cliffhanger sets up the concluding volume. Ages 13 up.
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Great book for lovers of throne of glass
I liked this book because of its genre. I am lately really into the whole fantasy/lost queen/ banned magic thing. Yet, I find it to be very similar to the latest books in the Throne of Glass series. If you are on a QOS book hangover I definitely recommend it. The cover is pretty rad too. Who wouldn't want a shiny cape? Like, come on man!
I was given this book by giveaway for a honest review, thank you for the book!
I have to say the first 50 pages or so I was completely lost and or confused. There were so many names and words that I just didn't understand or could not remember but I continued on and let me say I just continued to get better and I was hooked, I could not stop reading! The end sorta leaves you hanging-I can not wait for the next book though!
kingdoms. magic. spies. good vs evil. forgiveness. black knife. dancing. swords. prince. princess.
Great Fantasy Read
This book reminded me a lot of Throne of Glass in the very beginning and it was a bit of a turn off. I hate to compare books together, but it was just a little too close for my taste. The second part of the book is when I really started to get sucked in. This is where the book starts to create its own unique identity.
The action was great in this book. Wil was always working towards a goal, and I really liked her attitude towards meeting that overall goal of taking back her kingdom. She wasn't perfect, but she also wasn't so flawed that she would run every time trouble came running around the corner. She didn't have this giant ego or felt self-entitled which is what really made me like her as a character.
I also liked that there wasn't a love plot that completely took over the story and complicated things. There was a love plot, so if thats what you're looking for, you won't be disappointed. It was just nice to see a character that had her priorities in check.
It'll be interesting to see where this story is going. Fantasy is becoming popular these days, and this book is a great addition to that trend.