My Rating: 3.5.5
Source: The Five Mile Press
Buy: The Book Depository
There is a world where gods you’ve never heard of have wound themselves into hearts, and choice has led its history down a different path.
This is a world where France made a small, downtrodden island called England part of its vast and bloated empire.
There are people here who can cross a thousand miles with their minds. There are rarer people still who can move between continents in the blink of an eye.
These people are dangerous.
And wanted. Desperately wanted.
Apprentice hedgewitch Vela Rue knows that she is destined for more. She knows being whisked off from a dull country life to a city full of mystery and intrigue is meant to be. She knows she has something her government wants, a talent so rare and precious and new that they will do anything to train her in it.
But she doesn’t know that she is being lied to. She doesn’t know that the man teaching her about her talent is becoming obsessed by her, and considered by some to be the most dangerous man alive ...
This book is told via dual narration between the two main protagonists Rue and White. I liked this but would have preferred it being first or second person rather than third.
I did not like Rue at all. I found her arrogant and rather cold whilst I really enjoyed White as a character.
The plot took a while to develop (particularly from Rue's perspective) and I found the book rather hard to read at times.
I felt like nothing really major happened in this book and that it was predominantly written to set up the sequel.
I would like to know more about the worlds created and also about the talent as for a 350 plus paged book it didn't contain much depth.