Her vengeance. His vision.
Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.
When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.
He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.
Kristen Ashley has become one of my favorite authors this year – not only are books pretty easy to get lost into – her books also are the ones that have bought me back from the brink of reading slumps – once I start her books I end up reading EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, even if it is a re-read!
They are THAT AMAZING!!
Today, though I am going to be introducing (or re-introducing, if you are already fan) to a series – The Fanstasyland Series -by Kristen, that is a bit out there – this is purely fantasy genre for adults! You have dragons, witches, royalty, magic, talking animals, kickass heroines and over the top alpha heroes!!
You have to keep yourself open a bit when you read this series though – there are somethings that could end up being too out of the realm for you, but I would highly suggest that you keep your reservations aside, for these are books that will keep you hooked till every last one are done!
But mostly, I liked this series, is because of the shock factor and the actual fantastical aspects woven into a genre that is quite rarely found!
Before the age of seventeen the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice -follow tradition, or pursue a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight or mage…
For 15-year-old Ryiah the choice has always been easy. Become a warrior and leave the boring confines of her lowborn life behind. Set to enroll in the School of Knighthood on the eve of her next birthday, plans suddenly shift when her twin brother discovers powers. Hoping that hers will soon follow, she enrolls with Alex at the Academy instead -the realm’s most notorious war school for those with magic.
Yet when she arrives Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Every “first-year” is given a trial year to prove their worth -and no amount of hard work and drive will guarantee them a spot. It seems like everyone is rooting for her to fail -and first and foremost among them Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.
When an accidental encounter leads Ryiah and Darren to an unlikely friendship she is convinced nothing good will come of it. But the lines become blurred when she begins to improve -and soon she is a key competitor for the faction of Combat… Still, nothing is ever as it seems -and when the world comes crashing down around her, Ry is forced to place faith in the one thing she can believe in -herself. Will it be enough?
The author shared a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or the review of this book.