Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Why I Picked This Up: Um hello! this sounded AMAZING! Plus it was an early copy!
The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis.
Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.
Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?
This was a cute book! There were many things I really enjoyed about this book! Let’s get to it!
Not gonna lie, it took me a bit to get into the story, the beginning was a bit slow for me but it was a whole lot of backstory/history and world building so you understood what kind of world you were in!
I appreciate the diversity in this book, the Egyptian like characters and buildings. The “curvaceous” character that wasn’t stick thin and still considered beautiful. I liked that!
This story follows a girl name Sephora (yeah I know I had a hard time not thinking of the makeup store) who is super blonde with silver eyes and who is a Forger. Which means she can create/forge a thing called spectorium. This is a metal type thing is a source that keeps her enemy’s kingdom going. Their energy source if you will.
This kingdom called Theoria I felt was based off Egypt because there are pyramids, olive skinned people, headdress and what-not. They trade with Serubel for this spectorium, but when the king/pharaoh dies from some mysterious illness and the new king is pronounced, all trade has stopped and nobody knows why.
Sephora ran away from her kingdom to escape her father. She finds herself in the kings harem and demands to be let go. I appreciated Sephora’s backbone and willingness to go after what she wants, to standup for herself and what she believes to be right. YES!
I liked Tarik our king/pharaoh he seemed young but not incapable. I liked that she was a GOOD guy! THANK YOU! Strong, new, likable, kind, just an all around good man!
The romance was okay for me not the best I’ve read but not the worst still enjoyed it and was disappointed when the book ended. It just…Ended! GAH!
Overall this was a cute, fun, fast read-once I got into it-and found myself disappointed when it ended. I look forward to book two!
Sexual Content: moderate
*A HUGE thank you to Edelweiss and Feiwel & Friends for this early copy that I got in exchange for an honest review*