The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is
barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of
the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform
the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate
takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s
debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show
her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once
powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the
people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and
handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for
discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of
magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t
seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads
across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone
is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies,
Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s
always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.
"I did not set out to ruin my sister's debut."
I couldn't put this book down. I even tried to read it in church...
I loved the writing, the Hungarian folklore and history and the magic.
Anna Arden is a blight on her family, at least that's what her mother says to her often enough. The older sister is the cherished one and has the talent with magic. After Anna ruins her sister's debut, Anna is sent off to Hungary with her grandmother. She loves her grandmother and all her tales. But in Hungary, the tales just might be true.
She meets family she's never met, makes friends with people she shouldn't have and finds herself in the middle of a revolution. One side wants her to help, another side wants her to desist and other's want her to stay away from magic all together.
There are choices she needs to make and she's overwhelmed by wanting to make things right.
Thanks to netgalley for the early read!