Author: Becky Allen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Short Stories
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publishing Information: December 12th 2017 by Delacorte Press
Revolution is nigh, and one seventeen-year-old girl stands at the head of it all.
Jae used to be a slave, laboring with the rest of her people under a curse that forced her to obey any order she was given. At seventeen, she found the source of her people’s lost magic and became the only person to break free—ever. Now she wants to use her power to free the rest of her people, but the ruling class will do anything to stop her.
Jae knows that breaking the curse on her people would cause widespread chaos, even unimaginable violence between the castes, and her caste would likely see the worst of it. Many would die. But to let them remain shackled is to doom them to continue living without free will.
How is one girl, raised a slave and never taught to wield power, supposed to decide the fate of a nation?
I read the first book in this series, Bound by Blood and Sand (review here), last year and really enjoyed it. The character cast was wonderful and I loved the An Ember in the Ashes + Ella Enchanted vibes of the fantasy world that Becky Allen created. Jae, the main character, was a slave who manages to break a curse on her that made her obey every command. She becomes a much stronger character throughout the book and I’m excited to see her return in the second book. Also, it seems that this second book will be more focused on Jae working to free her people from the curse placed by the ruling class.
I can’t wait to see where Becky Allen takes the story and how she develops the rest of the world. Given all the craziness of what happened in the last book, I really hope that Jae finds new allies during her travels. Also, I have to definitely mention how awesome the cover is! I love the blue and purple blending into each other with Jae standing strong in front of what looks like waves. I’ll absolutely be counting down the months until this lovely book releases.