Hopeless he’ll never be more than the boy who didn’t save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.
And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.
His shapeshifter brethren feed off the auras of humans, and Jeslyn’s golden hue is exactly what Lucino needs to increase his power. The longer it takes Avikar to reach her, the more entranced she becomes with Lucino’s world, and the harder it will be for Avikar to set her free.
He failed his family once. He won’t fail again.
First off I loved the cover! It was original and not made up from stock photos that everyone else is using. This is my first book read by Eliza and I really enjoyed her style and writing abilities. I am a big fan of multiple POV’s and Eliza did an amazing job with the three main characters and their personalities. I was able to read through the chapters with ease not having to go back and see who it was that was talking.
This story is full of action, determination, heart, beauty depth and warmth. The world that Eliza describes is colorful and full of many creatures of folk lore, a good thing in a fantasy book! I like her description of Daath as a 13 country that was hidden from the other countries and only thought of as a mythical place. This place is run by Lucian the villain and his people in the story.
The main character is Avikar a 17 year old boy that feels like a failure for not being able to save his younger brother and accepts his life as a stable boy to try to forget his failure. When his sister Jeslyn is kidnapped and taken by the evil Lucian a non human shape shifter. He and his best friend Derrick set out to find her and bring her home. But Avikar must battle more than Lucian he must battle his inner demons to prove to himself that he has what it takes to be a warrior.