Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What's more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.
Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that's been growing between her and Prince Mati isn't helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.
I really enjoyed this book! One of the main things that it's about is the power of words. In a world where only the Qilarites should have writing, and only the king, his heir and the royal tutors are allowed to know the higher writing, yeah, words have power in this book!
The lead god dude, yeah, I really hated him. First he raped his sister, and then he was an over all power-hunger and awful dude. What he further did to Sotia, yeah, horrible. But I did enjoy the story of the gods at the beginning of each chapter, that was really great to read!
I don't know how to feel about Raisa and Mati's relationship. On one hand, I don't think he appreciated the danger that she was in. On the other, I don't think I realized just how little power he had. Especially when he was only king for a short while when everything went down!
The beginning was a bit slow, but it set the stage, and then once the middle hit, things were rolling full steam! It made that ending so great, so much happened, so quickly, emotionally between trust and betrayal, and physically with the attack on the place. But that big twist, wow, that was so great!
This book was really fantastic, and I can't wait for the sequel!
Author: Kathy MacMillan
Series: Sword and Verse #1
Read: July 30th, 2018
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: January 19th 2016