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Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.
But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.
Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
A kingdom where magic is held in the most powerful Queen known as a Valtia. Eli is supposed to succeed the current Queen, but when the magic never comes, she ends up fleeing and finding out more about the outsiders that border her kingdom’s lands.
I am now one of the biggest Sarah Fine fans around. Her books just grab my attention and they never seem to let me go. Loved her other books and when I realized she’s publishing another I knew I had to read it. This one was right up my alley. Fantasy book with magic, mystery and adventure? Sign me up! I couldn’t put this down, even reading this to the very end at three in the morning!! It was that epic!
Elli was such a likeable character. Not only for her determination, but for the sheer tenacity she had for doing the right thing. I like that she was bisexual having her like both genders because love knows no borders. It also helps that I like both of her love interests. Then there’s the mystery of where her magic went and how she’s in the dark for most of the book like we were. I enjoyed all the magic sequences the most! Loving all the various magical powers that the citizens wielded. It felt like this whole new world where I dropped in and wanted to be a part of.
I kid you not, this book has me singing its high praises and I’m now adding Sarah Fine as an auto-buy author!!! She also writes diverse characters so that’s just a huge bonus for me!