I received this book for free from work in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Razorbill Canada on January 22nd, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
A runaway slave with a shadowy past, sixteen-year-old Persephone has spent four long years toiling beneath the leering gaze of her despised owner and dreaming of a life where she is free to shape her own destiny. Then, one night, a chance encounter with a handsome chicken thief named Azriel changes her life forever.
Sold to him for a small bag of gold coins, Persephone soon discovers what she already suspected: namely, that Azriel is not what he seems. And when she realizes that he believes Persephone has a special destiny—she is determined to escape him and his impossibly broad shoulders.
But things are no longer as simple as they once were. Torn between her longing for freedom and her undeniable feelings for the handsome thief with the fast hands and the slow smile, Persephone faces the hardest choice she will ever have to make. And no one least of all her—could have imagined the shocking truth her decision will reveal.
Persephone is a slave girl who works for a farmer. She slaves all day taking care of her selfish owner and all the animals on the farm. Her only hope is freedom. When one day she meets Azriel who changes her entire world.
I always applaud authors when there’s the viewpoint of the villain because everything is so much more easier to understand when we have both. The heroine in this case is Persephone and as most young women do fall in love, we have a romance here. I disliked Persephone for she seemed selfish, so I’m hoping she goes through a character arc and changes for the better. I loved how the romance was slow and sometimes agonizing but as always I was thoroughly entertained. I did enjoy all the wonderful animal friends that helped the characters too, but I also noticed they happen to appear at the most opportune moments. I thought that was such a nice touch. The pacing is so on point that I just wanted to know what happened until the end. Modern phrases were thrown in and I kind of felt weird about that. A lot of lust was thrown in so I’m guessing it’s relevant to the story? I also don’t understand why Azriel is always naked.
Here is a book that I’m sure all fantasy lovers will devour. I know I did. Maureen sure knows how to whip readers into a frenzy with this high fantasy adventure.