I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed the author’s Kingfountain book series, so am really pleased that he’s started another series to savor. The author does a good job of worldbuilding and once again creates interesting characters that the reader can get invested in.
The world is divided into the rich and privileged that have access to what makes the world work, called The Mysteries, and live in the sky in soaring manors. The poor live below the floating manors in the dark, dirty city. They have menial jobs, if they are lucky, and most have almost no food and live in squalor.
Cettie is an orphan living in horrible conditions with many other children in a home with a negligent foster mother. They are not fed or cared for by their guardian. One night the home is raided and Cettie is taken in by an admiral that says he wants to adopt her. He takes her to live with him in his sky manor, but as you can imagine, his family wants nothing to do with her and actively try to get her kicked back down into the city below.
Sera Fitzempress is a princess born into power and money. Her father is deemed the next heir to the king, who is in poor health. Her father is a horrid man and treats Sera with contempt and his wife with open hostility. There is no love in their house. Sera wants nothing more than to experience life and help the needy. She yearns to meet Cettie and talk with her to find out about the rest of the world.
Both girls must overcome obstacles in their efforts to change their lot in life. This is a very good book in what is certain to be an entertaining and intriguing book series. I can’t wait to read the next book. I recommend you start this series now.