Publisher: Harper Teen
Weight: 420 g
Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor, and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form.
So when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death.
Keeping her secret guarded is hard enough, but the romance that's been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn't helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance-an underground rebel army-to help liberate the city's slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati.
As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries-one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.
This book is a richly-imagined fantasy set in a world where words are sacred, and writing is permitted only to Scholars. This story is infused with the magic of love and the power of justice and commitment. It will take you on a wonderful adventure and the plot unfolds in an unpredictable and yet satisfying way.
the first half very much serves as an establishing of the world, the rules, the characters, the stakes, and the conflict. Which is to say that I was at first hooked based solely on the romance, while everything else was being set into place. Then, as the action was building
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