Summary from Goodreads:
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.
Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
I picked this book because of the wonderful cover, and I am not ashamed. Some times this strategy works for me and sometimes it does not, but this time it was a home run.
The best part of this book was the word choice and the writing style, it was like reading poetry.
I also loved all of the characters, even when they were betraying one another or saying hurtful things, and how the romance in the story was not instant but developed over the whole novel. I ended up enjoying both of the main characters POVs, one from a slave and one from the general's daughter.
The ending geared us up for the second novel, the only bad part is that we have to wait. :(
Read this book if you enjoy balls (and awesome dresses) and action, there was a duel that kept me on the edge of my seat, just read it! :D
My Favorite Quote: (it was so hard to just pick one) ""He shot her a wry, sidelong look. 'A kestrel is a hunting hawk.' 'Yes. The perfect name for a warrior girl.' 'Well.' His smile was slight, but it was there. 'I suppose neither of us is the person we were believed we would become.'" Pg. 116"
5 Stars Out of 5 Stars