Release: 15th May (US), 28th June (UK)
They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime.
Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals.
And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes in broad daylight—the only survivor Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king. Her first love, the boy she swore to forget after he condemned her father to death.
With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin must put the past behind them to face this new threat and an even darker menace stirring in the kingdom.
*I was given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
*This does not affect my views and opinions*
Overall this was a really solid first book in a series! It started off a little slow, but that’s understandable, as there was a lot of world building to be done, scene setting, an introducing characters and whatnot.
This book is written in a split perspective (3rd person) between the 2 main characters, Corwin & Kate, which I really enjoyed! It’s nice seeing how they both think and feel and what they’re up to when they’er not together. I did really like both of the characters, but I would’ve liked to see them developed a bit more, see more of their personalities come out. Also, the supporting characters were wonderful, and tbh, sometimes more interesting than the two main ones! haha. I love all of the relationships between them all. There are some great platonic male/female relationships which are honestly wonderful to see.
I would’ve liked some more world building and information about the magic, and how things came to be, and their belief systems. Like we got to know the basics of it all, but it didn’t feel like quite enough for my liking, but hopefully more of that will be explained as we get into the second book!
Once the plot got going, it was so packed full of action and information and mystery and twists and I honestly loved it! I wasn’t expecting what happened towards the end tbh, and I love it when a plot twist hits you unexpectedly. I can’t wait to see where this plot is gonna go after the way it ended!
- Writing: 3/5
- Plot: 4.5/5
- Characters: 3.5/5