About the book:
BEHIND THE MASK OF DUTY AND POWER, NO ONE IS WHO THEY SEEM…
Centuries after the Forgotten Wars ravaged the world and turned it to ash, the Houses of Pilar, Darakai, Boreal, and Bastiion forged an accord with the royal line of Thoarne, founding a Quadren of advisory to the throne of Orynthia. Every generation, a single Haidren from each of the four Houses is appointed to this coveted chair.
Upon her Ascension to adulthood, Luscia Tiergan takes her seat at court as al’Haidren to the House of Boreal and is quickly drawn into a maze of political traps and dark secrets. As she adjusts to her new life, Luscia uncovers a pattern of forgotten children, slain in the streets of Bastiion.
Raised on superstitious rumors about Boreal’s penchant for sorcery, Zaethan Kasim, al’Haidren to the House of Darakai, inevitably clashes with Lusica when she arrives in Bastiion. But when his position is threatened by an old rival, Zaethan is forced to set aside his hatred and form an uneasy alliance with the Boreali al’Haidren to secure his claim.
Following a disturbing stream of innocent bloodshed across Orynthia, Luscia and Zaethan discover their ideals are far more aligned than they might have imagined. But in a land of war and deceit, the path to peace should never be trusted.
This book was the best. I literally loved everything about this book. The storyline, characters, world-building and plot.
Plot development was perfect. Something was always going on, and it is fast-paced. I never know who to trust or who not to trust. The book kept me hooked throughout the whole story. I also love how the book is narrated by both Zaethan and Luscia. It makes it easier to understand how the past generations have destroyed the House of Boreal’s reputation and how Lusica is determined to save her House’s reputation. The plot was layered with mystery, fantasy and political intrigue.
Lusica was my favorite character. I love how Zaethan and Luscia start off as enemies but they start to become allies. It was also great that Kolarich didn’t just focus on the romance in this book. I fully believe there will be in future books and totally love how this book is more focused on characters themselves as well as the plot and world-building.
Overall, this book was so good. I would recommend to anyone who loves fantasy.
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