My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Book Description: Forget prophecy. Make your own destiny.
Reychel is a slave girl surrounded by magic, lies, and manipulation. Her best friend disappears in the middle of the night leaving Reychel to face her fifteenth birthday, the day her master burns his brand into the back of her bald head, alone.
Sheltered from the outside world and without any hope for escape, can Reychel learn to believe in herself?
My thoughts: It's hard to admit how much a book can take you by surprise. I thought that the premise sounded interesting, that I would enjoy the book and it would be interesting.
I found myself drawn into this book. The plot isn't just interesting, it's intriguing. The story has more depth than I imagined before I started reading.
Basically it is about a slave who is freed just before she is to receive a branding that will forever mark her as the property of her owner. Reychel begins her life again as a free person, but finds that she cannot escape her past.
The book has prophecy, mystical gifts, betrayal, love, loyalty, and honor. There are a few plot twists that were surprising, but fit in well with the direction of the book. Nothing felt like it was thrown in just to surprise the reader. I could tell that the author had a time, place, and purpose to every action in the book.
The second and third books are already out for everyone to read. I will definitely be reading them. It will be interesting to see how Reychel and her new friends are able to bring about change in a corrupt government.
About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) I've been a freelance parenting journalist since 2003 and began writing YA novels in 2009. I live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband, two kids, and our miniature schnauzers, Ace & Tanu.