June 19, 2012
Penguin Young Reader Group
Hardcover, 304 pages
An ARC was provided by Penguin Group Canada for review! Thanks!
A brand-new fantasy with a kick-butt heroine from the author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod!
Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons’ wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy, where she is sent to learn to heal, it is against Protocol for Healers to fight. So Kaya must learn in secret. Enter two young men: One charming, rule-following Barron who becomes Bound to Kaya and whose life she must protect at all costs. And one with a mysterious past who seems bent on making Kaya’s life as difficult as possible. Kaya asks both to train her, but only one will, and the consequences will change their lives forever.
Heather Brewer has created a thrilling, action-packed, and romantic first installment of the Legacy of Tril series, where one strong heroine must break the rules to claim her destiny and her heart.
About The Author
Heather Brewer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. She doesn’t believe in happy endings, unless they involve blood. Ms. Brewer lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and two children.
Kaya lives in Tril with her parents who are both Barrons. Barrons and Healers are soul bound. Together they are a team. One fights and the other heals. Her parents are fugitives from their lives as barrons and to stay alive Kaya must attend the academy to learn her place as a healer. She finds out her soul bound Barron is dead so she has been assigned a new one. Handsome and kind, Trayton is her new Barron, and Kaya can’t help but like him. Yet she is also attracted to Trayton’s best friend Darius who seems to be hiding secrets that’ll change the fate of Kaya’s future.
Lots of action in this one! I definitely enjoyed Kaya being such a strong heroine. Although she did have such a temper that bought her extra duties after class. It’s safe to say that Trayton is the good boy and Darius is the bad one, and Kaya seems to have stolen both their hearts. Kaya’s other wise strong temper and short fuse made her so stubborn and reckless, that she would get stuck in such dangerous situations. It’s a good thing she can butt!
Rather confusing as to the time period this book was set in, so I just figured it was an era that was set in the renaissance time. They had primitive technology, yet they swore in such a modern way that I got confused. The plot is definitely great and the pacing was better than most books. I also figured since they used a katana which is a Japanese sword, I figured it was set in Japan.
As for the ending, I very well knew it and I can’t wait until the second book. Great start to a series I’m sure I will devour.
“Great. So now I was expected to be a damsel in distress? I didn’t think so.”—Kaya