Two countries, two choices, one life.
When Kyraenean slave Celeste risks her life to reach the free nation of Etraea, a country filled with technology and wealth, she unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will change her life forever. After escaping her new owner, Celeste awakens in the home of an Etraean soldier, sworn to protect the fragile peace. For Corporal Mick Haynes, life is simple. Follow the rules, do your job and work your way up the ranks. Getting shot and finding a wanted slave at his family's farm wasn't part of the plan. When a Kyraenean bounty hunter locates Celeste, Mick's loyalty will be stretched to the limit. With war on the horizon, Celeste faces two impossible choices. Both securing her freedom, but both at a cost she could never have imagined. Will Etraea provide the freedom she's longed for or shackle her to an entirely new master?
~ My Review~
These are the kinds of books that I like. The quiet, unassuming ones with faith and courage as the biggest themes, but has action, a dash of romance and enough mystery for you to be invested in these characters and their lives.
This fantasy world of Etraea and Kyraenea, two different countries and a girl, Celeste, trapped and caught in between piqued my interest from the get go. I loved that an Etraean mother who had essentially rescued and healed her, had her own ties to Kyraenea. The family dynamic was lovely in its portrayal of close knit, without being cliched and that their faith was and is their main priority.
Sarah Addison-Fox paced this book fairly well. We get glimpses of the other character's point of view but mostly, we're in Celeste's head and her fear of being taken back to slavery and her acceptance of what may come. The moments leading up to the war moved quickly and before I knew it, the book was over. Which explains my rating. I wished it didn't end so abruptly but I'm excited for Addison-Fox and would love to see where Celeste goes and what happens to the Haynes family.
***I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am not required to write a positive one. These thoughts and opinions are my own.***
About the Author
Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed, clean, fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on both her YA fantasy series' she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.
Sarah Addison’s Official Website: http://www.sarahaddisonfox.com/
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I use Goodread's rating scale
1 star – didn’t like it
2 stars – it was OK
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was so amazing, it's on my reread pile!