After a three-year siege, Lord Kern, the dark mage, is dead. Magic has left Tredare, and life is almost back to normal.
For everyone except Maren, that is.
Before the siege, an attack by Lord Kern left Maren near death and with a sliver of magic buried deep inside her. Now, for reasons Maren doesn’t understand, that magic has been triggered, giving her the ability to “see” the truth: that her world is nothing more than a magical façade; and that the kingdom’s hero may not be a hero at all.
But this gift of sight comes at a high cost. Maren is in constant pain, and fears her own death is imminent. Plus, no one believes her suspicions that another Dark Mage has risen, and that Tredare may be in just as much danger as it was when Kern was alive.
With the country’s future in the hands of a man who’s vowed revenge on its king, Maren must convince someone else of the truth. Unfortunately, the only person powerful enough to help is also the one man she can’t trust; the man she almost married; the man who abandoned her and disappeared for three years: Kern’s son.
As Tredare crumbles around them, Maren must persuade him to help – before the king is murdered by the very hero he reveres; and before the same magic that gives Maren the gift of sight also takes her life.
Let me start by saying that this is absolute, sheer genius. I love this book. It’s so amazingly, phenomenally well written, you have no idea. You’re seriously missing out if you haven’t read this. For real.
The plot is amazing. It’s well thought out. The story flows amazingly and keeps you on edge. The words flow freely and make for an amazing story on paper. The language is easy to understand and the characters are amazingly intricate. The way she’s thought the story out is absolutely phenomenal.
Maren, the heroine, is absolutely effing amazing. I love her. I adore her. I respect her. She’s going through so much and tries to fight everything on her own. She maybe afraid of what’s happening to her, but she’s extremely strong in her fall. She doesn’t let others see her pain and bears it all so beautifully that you just have to applaud this one lady for the sheer amount of courage and strength she possesses. She’s sweet and kind and loving. She’s amazingly smart and intelligent. She’s one of the king’s most trusted counsil. She’s also not above begging if it means saving her kingdom. She’s seen a lot of things in her life that have moulded her into what she is. She’s been there with her people at every step of the way as the war raged between the kingdom and the evil mage, Kern. She’s one person from whom we have a lot to learn. I love her. I really, really love her and respect her.
Phillip, the hero, is equally amazing. He’s been instrumental in winning the war against the mage, Kern, who just so happens to be his father. He was the one to kill him. He’s been in love with Maren her entire life and the two of them grew up together. They’ve been close friends since childhood and their friendship turns into something more as they grow up. But, Phillip leaves when he finds out something that he believes Maren was hiding from him, when in truth she wasn’t. Maren in understandably upset about being accused of something she didn’t do and this leads to a few of their encounters ending pretty awkwardly. But, however indifferent Phillip might appear to the world, he’s still in love with that one girl even after all these years and wants her back.
These two have come a long way from the beginning of their story till the end. Their love story is so beautiful it melts my heart. But, there’s so much sadness, pain and tears before they can get together. It just makes me all the more happy that they found each other in the end. They’re truly meant to be. I love their relationship. It’s amazing.
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Shari has always loved to read. “Bookworm” may even be an understatement. But when she discovered Georgette Heyer in high school, her love of reading exploded. Ms. Heyer’s books were not only entertaining, witty, and smart, but they saved Shari from the awkward, unromantic teenage years. To this day, Shari’s favorite books all have romance in them.
Although Shari spent a good deal of her time at Brigham Young University on the ballroom dance team, she did manage to get a BA in History and English before going on to get a Juris Doctorate. After graduation, she decided her first priority was to be a mom — a career she’s stuck with and loved.
In between cleaning, laundry, and homework, Shari writes. Just like with reading, she wants to get lost in a world, whether imaginary or historical.
She lives just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and four children.