A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: February 26th, 2019
Page Numbers: 848
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Spoiler Free Review
This was a fantasy novel of epic proportions. I have never read a book with SO much going on! There are tons of characters, places, and religions. And the political intrigue is unlike anything I have ever read.
With so many characters it can be hard to keep up with the goals of each. They all want something different, but they do have one thing in common: they want to vanquish the Nameless One and all the evil draconic creatures in his following. Ead was my favorite badass dragon slayer. She was undercover for 8 years as a lady in waiting for the queen of a country very far from her own with the exact opposite religious beliefs. Her goal was to protect Sabran in case she was the one thing stopping the Nameless One from returning and ultimately defeat the Nameless One if he did return. Tane was also a badass female warrior and aspiring dragon rider who was very ambitious. All she ever wanted was to become a guardian dragon rider and protect others. Sabran was the queen of Inys who had a lot on her shoulders (her whole religion was based on her having a daughter to continue the line of queens) so that’s a lot of responsibility for a young queen, but what she truly wanted was to be free to make her own choices but also protect her country always. Loth is Sabran’s best friend and he was very strong in his religious beliefs. But he was also the first person to start doubting and seeing the different ways of the world on his travels as an ambassador for Inys. Finally, Dr. Roos, who was probably my least favorite character, but also the one with the most character development. He was a downright jerk in the beginning, but he had his reasons, along with the reasons he had to change for the better and ultimately survive to live a hopefully decent life.
The overall writing structure was phenomenal, and it was so long and in depth that all of the settings and descriptions really put you in the scene. Shannon has blessed us with a fantasy novel that reached far what I have ever seen before in a single book. It had all the depth of a five-part series all wrapped up in one fantastic, thrilling novel.
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