An entertaining first book in a new YA Fantasy book.
I wasn’t too sure about the plot of this book when I started reading, but was quickly won over by the main characters, Ana and Ramson. The worldbuilding is pretty slim and the character development is slow, but the storyline moves quickly and soon I was sucked in. Don’t get me wrong, most of the story is the same YA storylines we are familiar with, and there are the usual bad guys and traps the main characters have to wiggle out of, but it is still an entertaining read. I liked it enough that I will read the next book in the series.
Ana is the crown princess of the Cyrilian Empire. Her life should be wonderful, but she has a dark secret – she’s an Affinite. She has an affinity for blood and can control the blood in another person’s body. Affinites are reviled in the kingdom, which is why Ana has been kept behind the palace walls for years. When her father is murdered, Ana is accused and arrested. She escapes prison with the help of a sympathetic guard and is determined to find her father’s true killer and clear her name. But, she needs the help of the must cunning thief and con man in the kingdom, Ransom Quicktongue.
Ransom was the second in command of a powerful criminal enterprise, but was betrayed and imprisoned. Normally he’d never dream of helping Ana, but he has his own reasons for aiding her on her quest. The duo set out to achieve both their goals, but doing so won’t be easy. It will take all of their strength and skill to make it out alive – let alone be successful.
As I said before, this is an entertaining book that I recommend you read.
I was given a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.