Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true: she is left without a patron.
Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, she reluctantly accepts. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana—the rival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the throne.
Genre: Teen Fantasy & Adventure
Rating: ★★★ ★ ☆
So I almost didn’t read this book. There were just so many negative reviews on Goodreads about how this is Rebecca Ross’ first book and it shows. I’m not sure what they read that I didn’..
I thought this book was pretty well written even for a carrier writer? (I don’t understand how ‘new author’ has turned into some kind of dig. We should be celebrating them!). There were maybe two moments that gave me a millisecond of pause but they had no effect on the story as a whole.
I thought the concept of passions and ‘mastering’ in them was so cool. I would LOVE to passion in knowledge, I mean I already carry around books with me all day but to have a kick-ass robe too would be pretty sweet.
I’ve been on a fantasy kick for a good bit now and this book definitely ticked all my boxes. Magic, adventure, a strong heroine, some element of a love story, all present and at attention.
While it’s technically a YA book given the protagonists age, the book doesn’t read like your trope filled YA books that populate the shelves these days. There is some pining, but it’s so minuscule you don’t even notice it, actually it’s really endearing. I was rooting for them to have some time together the whole book.
The only problem with this new trilogy?
Only the first book is out as of this reviews publication 🙁 I’ll be waiting eagerly in the wings Mrs. Ross. Count me as a new fan. I can’t wait to see what else you grace us with in your new writing carrier.
Yes! go read it now!