11th August 2019
Fantasy, High Fantasy, YA, Romance
The poverty-stricken southern lands of Deshure have kept Juniper Obsidian hidden all her life. Her concealed identity kept her safe. Until now. The northern lands of Sinlara are home to the Chambers. Here rules are enforced and wars are waged, but since the end of the War fifteen years ago things have been quiet. That is until they get their hands on Juniper.
When an enemy who has an uncertain a past as she does a future offers her help, Juniper must question what really makes us who we are? Can she trust the man before her?
Is there more to loyalty than a boarder? More to family than a blood-line?
The time has come where she must learn to stand and fight.
Hiding is no longer an option.
I want to start off by saying that I did enjoy this. The plot is good and I was hooked into the world from the very first page, but it’s not without its problems.
It’s quite short, standing at around 250 pages, and because of that I felt that it wasn’t fleshed out enough. There were a few moments that I felt really needed it. Like, there is a part where Reuben (MCs love interest) finds out he has been lied to his whole life, and it’s a seriously big lie that needed a seriously big response, but we didn’t get that. His feelings do get explored more as the book goes on, but I did feel that initial reaction wasn’t true to life.
The same can also be said for the relationship between Juniper and Reuben. It just happened. There was no fleshing out of it. No exploring the chemistry before it happened. It was just there. I personally, loved them together, but I wish the writing had been stronger and less rushed to make me really feel something for them.
I would rate this book at somewhere between 3 and 4 stars, but I’ve given it 4 as I did really enjoy the plot, even though I was let down by the character/relationship development issues. I do feel like I’ve been very generous though.