Published by SCRIVENINGS PressLLS on March 21, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Christian / Fantasy, Fiction / Coming of Age, Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
For sixteen years, Laurelin Moore has been keeping a secret. She is a whisperer, and she knows that to reveal her gift now is a dangerous risk. Past whisperers have been exploited for their power. But Ausland's queen is dead and acknowledging her magic is her only chance at becoming a Rook in the Pentax-a competition that will decide the kingdom's next ruler.
Laurelin isn't in it for the crown, though. She's after the wish that will be granted to the victor. A wish that would save her dying brother, Pippin. But there are dangerous undercurrents to the competition, and Laurelin finds herself at the center of it. She begins to search for answers and discovers a secret with the potential to shatter the entire kingdom.
Even though I tend to enjoy them, it’s been a while since I’ve dived into some YA reads and this one certainly didn’t disappoint! I admit I’m pretty picky about fantasy reads in general, but the premise of this one intrigued me, and it had a very dystopian feel to it as much as a fantasy. The characters were well developed and the events throughout not only kept the plot moving forward and the pages turning, but gripped my heart even tighter to Laurelin’s plight. I liked that even though Laurelin’s ultimate goal was to help her brother, there were other things thrown at her throughout that continued to challenge her heart and her mission. And also forced her to understand the importance of boundaries. While I can’t relate to Laurelin’s story as a whole, I CAN relate as someone who is often willing to help others to the cost of myself. And learning how to not only put up boundaries but enforce them, is often admittedly a struggle. So being able to relate to Laurelin’s heart while also relating to her need to learn to say “no”, was something that truly captured my heart in this one. I hope a sequel comes out because I thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to see more.
*I received a copy of this book through JustRead tours. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.