I was lucky enough to claim this book from bookish first. Below you will find my non-spoiler review. As well as links to pre-order
Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. He runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie both find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.
With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.
This was nothing like I was expecting it to be. The plot was a gigantic mystery that unveiled in such a way that kept you in the dark until the perfect time. The author presented the four different kingdoms, queens, and Kera in such a way that you can understand the world. It could have easily been difficult to imagine but it was not.
The romance was a slowburn that was not the focus of the narrative. Which I actually enjoyed. Instead it focused on the mystery of who killed the queens.
The cover is beautiful and simple. It gives the perfect blend to not give anything away.
Overall this book would be perfect for fans of many different YA genres. Lovers of mystery, dystopian, and fantasy alike will really enjoy this one!