Serena lives in a world filled with magic and where women are considered to be nothing more than the possessions of their warlock masters.
This was a well written book, but the entertainment was lacking for me. The magic system wasn’t explained in any sort of detail. All I know is that the men are powerful warlocks who seem to feed off the magic the women possess; however, the women never perform any magic themselves. I have a few speculations about this and it seems to me that the women are actually more powerful than the men they just don’t know it, but I never got any confirmation on this idea. This is the first book in the series so I understand the author wanting to take some time on the bigger reveals, but I wanted more detailed world building from a book like this.
I could have overlooked the lack of world building if there had been more action, romance, or mystery to fill the pages of the book, but there wasn’t much of that either. The book was basically about a young woman who was sick and tired of being abused by her father and any other warlock who she came in contact with and wanted to be in charge of her own life.
After the death of the man who was to become her husband/master, Serena is won by a man she assumes will be more cruel and savage towards her than her father ever was. Zade is not only a member of a group of people she has been raised to believe are little better than animals but he is also a giant and powerful warlock. Once Serena is sent to live with her new fiancé, she spends a lot of time cowering and waiting for the moment he is going to punish her. But as the days, weeks, and months pass, not only does Zade never punish Serena, but he gives her more freedom and respect than she ever dreamed possible.
All of that was nice, but I rate and review books based on how entertained I am, and this just wasn’t all that entertaining for me. Zade was a nice guy and I wanted Serena to be more comfortable around him than she was, but I understood why she didn’t trust him. She was tortured daily by her father and had never been in the presence of a good man. I didn’t so much want them to spend more time kissing and declaring their love for each other because this wasn’t that type of book, but it would have been nice to read some witty and flirtatious banter.
This book focused so much on how poorly women were treated and how little Serena trusted men because of how poorly they treated her. That presented a great opportunity for a friendship to develop between her and Zade, but she pretty much went from being afraid of him to being in love with him. There was no in between.
If you read this book expecting a nice romance or some great magical moments, you might be disappointinted. If you want to read a well written coming of age tale about a wounded girl who learns to stand up for herself, this is a pretty good book. And while I didn’t love the romance and magic, it was still there.
At the time of this review, this book was free on Amazon so if it sounds interesting to you, you just might be able to get it for free!
Because of some violence, I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. There was no cursing or sexual content in this book.