Skies, THIS BOOK BLEW ME AWAY.
I’ve been kind of evil and have kept its goodness to myself these past 82013 months, but it’s finally time to share it with you.
YES, I CAN BE NICE. (I know you were confused about that.*)
Anyway, guys, I’ve found another favorite fantasy series. Because seriously: This is what fantasy was made for.
*And shouting it at you is definitely convincing. I should teach public relations classes or something. This strategy could really kick off.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.