"In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret... When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since... Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her... Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power."
MY GOODREADS REVIEW
This novel has everything I look for in a YA Fantasy story. The author gives a solid history base for the world, no-nonsense physics rules for the environment, original images, just the right amount of description for the setting to light the reader's own imagination, undercurrents of social and moral statements, tears from my own eyes, some lighthearted laughable moments, intrigue, and well fashioned flirt and tease romantic scenes (quiet and sensual, no grunting and groping). The ending of the story will rip you up more than once, and you will also say, "I didn't see that coming!", multiple times. I do not like books where I have to go back and search for descriptions of characters to remember who, or what, they were. Lee's secondary characters were so well written I didn't have to re-read once. I was also amazed at the number of twists she was able to weave into the last few chapters. I am going to have a giant-sized book hangover for days. I was happy to stumble upon a pre-release ebook copy from Amazon's Read It First program. This is my honest review. FAVE THINGS: The Grays, and Lee's make you tingle romance scenes, and I'm not a romance person.
*I told one of my blogging buddies, when I couldn't put the book down and finished ahead of her on our buddy read, "The ending is going to make your head EXPLODE!!!!"
* Ms. Lee managed to make me full on snot cry, twice.
* Semi-spoiler... I do not like stories about certain types of immortals (no not vampires), but I was a fair way into the book when she dropped them on me and made me like them, I mean REALLY like them.
"In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe."
"My house is a place of forgotten things."
*Animated cheetah gif credited to CHASE STUDIOS*