Lu, Vex, and Ben are all living very different lives when peace negotiations between the nation of Argrid and it’s former territory of Grace Loray, threaten to ignite back into war.
Lu, a former child soldier for the Grace Lorayan rebellion, is still getting used to life as a politician five years after the war ended. She spends her time between official meetings and negotiations trying to find a mixture of the magical plants that grow on the island that will cure her friend from a terminal illness.
Vex, better known as Devereux Bell, outlaw pirate, is famous for not being aligned with any faction of raiders. And he has just gotten himself arrested (on purpose) in order to avoid Argridian authorities who are hunting for him.
Ben is the crown prince of Argrid, the extremely devout nation that covets piety and purity above all else. Ben has doubts about his nation’s religion, which he is trying to hide so that he is not deemed a heretic and burned at the stake.
Fate brings Lu and Vex together on the island of Grace Loray. They find themselves begrudgingly forced to work together to try to prevent Argrid from taking the island back over, by trickery or by force. At the same time across the sea in Argrid, Ben is tasked with a mission by his father the king that is both heresy and could give Argrid the upper hand in reclaiming it’s recently independent territory.
This one didn’t blow me away. The story concept is amazing and the characters intriguing, but for some reason it just didn’t fully connect with me as much as I’d hoped it would. That being said, I did enjoy the book and plan on reading the sequel when it comes out. As to recommendation, I say give this one a shot.
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