Author: Tessa Elwood
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.
Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren's life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.
But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?
Author Tessa Elwood's debut series is an epic romance at heart, set against a mine field of political machinations, space adventure, and deep-seeded family loyalties.
It's funny, I didn't realize this was a series until writing this review. Interesting. That changes some things.
I quite enjoyed this book. The story, the romance, the characters. Asa was kind of weird (I think she was supposed to be). But she fit perfectly with Eagle and his stoicism.
Do you ever read a book, sitting there screaming at the main character for doing something stupid? Yeah, that was me here. It didn't happen all that much (aside from saying stupid things, because Asa seemed to not be able to control her mouth, often amusingly). But when it did happen, I wanted to smack her. "Stupid! Don't be so stupid!" That's me. Yeah...
The enjoyed the plot. It was all politics and intrigue and who is heir to what. Twisty. This book is kind of twisty. Some things I definitely saw coming. Others? Not so much. The ending was the tiniest of cliffhangers, making me want more.
I really enjoyed this book. And I'll definitely be looking for the second installment in the series. Recommended to YA science fiction fans.
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.