Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Why I Picked This Up: I kept seeing this book floating around so I just had to see what it was about!
Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.
Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.
What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.
Where has this been all my life? And why isn’t it more popular??? wow. just….wow.
I was floored and impressed by this book. The writing, the world building, the story, the clans, the character development, just EVERYTHING! This GIF is exactly how I felt while reading it:
I couldn’t put it down, Brilliant this book is brilliant and I must own hard copy of it!
ALRIGHT! So this book is about four clans the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. These clans have been at war for centuries but the Kodiak, the Raven and the Wolf all have a common enemy; the Ram. The Ram tribe is known for their ruthlessness and dislike for the other clans, the Ram feel like they are the superior clan and prey on the lesser clans in death and destruction. Those refugees left become their slaves and are treated inferior and horribly by the clan, they constantly live in fear for their lives, they even lose their names and are called “nameless.”
Zo is a girl from the Wolf clan, who has lost her parents in a raid to the Ram clan. With nobody left but her sister, Zo decides to join the allied clans an infiltrate the Ram. To do so she must become a “nameless” as well and claim herself to be a refugee and be willing to be their slave. In order to pass off as a willing refugee Zo must disguise herself because she is also very pretty and so she keeps mud all over herself to help ward off her pretty-ness. The Ram are already very suspicious of her because she looks like she belongs from the Wolf clan and the Ram HATE the Wolf. However she begs to stay even after her sister secretly follows her and is caught, so in order to protect herself, her sister and the cause she lets them know she is a Healer so they put her up to the ultimate test and if he dies…well, so does she.
I LOVED the character development in this story.I LOVED watching the characters really struggle Zo to me was best in this aspect.
The romance was perfect, it didn’t overwhelm the story it was very subtle and not sure if there is a love triangle or not…hmmm
Overall: Everything about this book was freaking awesome and I can’t WAIT to read book 2. And I SO plan on buy a hard copy of this so put on my shelves. oh. my word. LOOOVE!
Sexual Content: moderate