Ellary Dane knows she deserves to die
– but not for a crime she didn’t commit.
She believes her 19 year streak of bad luck is over when she accidentally saves the life of a highborn officer and is taken to court to study under the tutelage of the most renowned healer in the kingdom. Suspicions surround her sudden presence, making her more enemies than allies. She soon finds herself ripped from her warm palace sheets and thrown into a dank prison cell.
As nobles vie for their spot on the throne, Ellary learns she is bound to a secret history that could change the kingdom forever. If she is going to break her chains, she must trust the charming stranger labeled as her accomplice and face the lie that pushed her into the silent warfare of highborn society.
Ellary Dane’s life is harsh. With a drug addict of a father and no mother, she relies on her healing skills and knowledge of plants to keep her father and herself off the road. Her only hope is to marry into a rich family but things take a wrong turn from there. One night, Ellary heals a highborn officer who was knocked unconscious, or so she thinks. A while later, she is summoned to the castle where the officer said he was brought back from death, unable to deny his claim on front of the king, Ellary is sent into apprenticeship in the palace with the aim to recreate the potion withing six months. But as time runs out. Ellary becomes entangled in the dark web of politics and the power hungry lords as she soon finds that she is not who she thinks she is…
First of all a big big thanks to the author for letting me take part in the tour!
Constance Roberts has again written a beautiful book with a great historical backdrop. The world building was well established from the beginning to clear away the reader’s questions and leave their attention fixed on Ellary and her journey. I think the story itself was really unique and took and interesting turn that i didn’t expect!
Ellary as a character, is a survivor. I think any teen girl can relate to her because she’s not faultless and she has a lot of pressure on her. You can really understand the situation she’s in and the dilemma she’s in. Yet she never gives up and remains determined to survive.
Though she wasn’t the main character. i think my favorite character was Corrin, the princess. The author left room for the novel to take on a new path where we follow Corrin’s struggle to be a princess in a kingdom where her marriage to a wealthy man is essential for the reign of her family. We’ve seen snippets of her and her love interest which she might not be able to marry and i’m so excited to read more about her! She intrigued me so much!!
My favorite scene in the book was the night when the girls sneaked out to a party where everyone wore masks. I was completely awed in that scene, i was gulping down the details, the colors the atmosphere; everything! And man i wanted to be there!!!!
The love story wasn’t prominent in the book but since we met the love interest, when he winked i was like (whew i realize how creepy that gif is :P)
This book will keep you hooked with it’s amazing story line, courageous protagonist and dazzling background. The author is able to project a great story to her readers and i cannot wait to read more! If historical fiction is your thing, then you definitely do not want to miss out on this!