Elisa is the divine bearer of the Godstone and owes an act of service to God, whether she wants to or not. There is only one bearer per century, and the job comes with responsibilities no other can understand, the probability of death at a very young age, unique friends (often more false than true), and enemies who want the stone for themselves, even if it means carving it right out of her belly.
As the 2nd princess, and at the age of only 16, she is wed to a foreign king in a strategic alliance. Her new husband, a widower with a 6-year-old son, has only to ensure her safety from those who would hurt the bearer, and in return, he gets additional troops from Elisa’s kingdom. Unfortunately, he is not so adept at keeping Elisa safe, and she is kidnapped by renegades who drag her deep into the dessert on a mission to attempt to save their war-ravaged country.
And that’s just the beginning!
I read book one, for the Truman committee, 5 years ago when it first came out, and I loved it then. However, I never got around to finishing the series, and so much time passed that I couldn’t really remember what happened, which is why I read it again now.
I loved this book just as much, or possibly more, than the first time through. This is an excellent start to a YA fantasy series, and I can’t wait to see what happens in book two.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love it when the second book in a trilogy doesn’t falter, ups the stakes, and makes me fall even more in love with the world and characters, and that is exactly what this book does.
This is the kind of YA fantasy series that grows better every time you turn the page, until you have reached the end and can’t believe you have to part with the world and characters.
This is such an interesting, enjoyable, creative, and well-written series that I’m going to pick up Walk the Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson next, as I can’t imagine her latest novel won’t also be fantastic.
PS: There are 3 novellas that go with this trilogy. They all occur prior to book one, but in this instance, I think it is best if you read them after you finish the trilogy and already love the characters, since they provide some more back story for your favorites.