Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.

The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.

Or rather, three unexpected options.

Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she's already gone.

Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.

Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady's maid and scheming her way out of the servants' chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she's done.

When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny... to rule.

Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in this sensational and striking fantasy debut.

My Review

What a debut. A very strong showing from author, Ellen Goodlett. Right away I was digging this story. I like that each girl had their own voice which was portrayed nicely by alternating chapters. It gave me a chance to really get to know them well. My favorite of the three girls is Zofi. She is feisty and really is staying true to herself. It is not hard to see why she would spark a romantic beginning with Vidal. He is a strong soldier.

The other two girls, Ren and Akeylah are good as well. When it comes to choosing a second and third, I would put both of the girls as second. Ren was trying too hard to fit in whereas; Akeylah was more on the reserved side.

The overall story is thrilling with the mystery. Each girl's secret just adds and builds to the storyline. The mysterious person or persons that know the girl's secrets is intriguing. I can't wait to continue this series and see what happens next. Additionally, by the end of this book the girls were growing and they are going to be a strong force.


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