Witney Awards Nominee 2019
Many have died traversing the King's trial, but Yosyph has only one chance to save his people from the Queen's wrath.
By day Yosyph appears nothing more than a mute tavern-hand. By night he plans a revolution and slips through shadow, rescuing those marked for death by the xenophobic queen.
When he learns that thousands of his people will be sent as slaves to the mines, he must choose--fight the royal army with an ill-prepared rebellion or journey to the land of his ancestors through the deadly King's Trial. If he succeeds, he'll win his kins' loyalty and their help.
His journey grows complicated when he rescues a maiden and enrages a prince, but if he doesn't return with help in time, the people he's loved and secretly served will be gone.
Easy to read, and much harder to put down, I read this story quickly, and loved every page! This book has a good balance of action and emotions and lacked predictability, which I loved! Surprising twists and turns keep the story lively while each of the characters found themselves facing different kinds of challenges, some mental and emotional, others physical.
I loved the intricate plot that made me ache for the secrecy and the treasons. Thanks to the dual voices of narration, I felt the urgency and the despair of the people who wanted peace and freedom. I empathized with the fears, love, anger and quiet happiness they felt. This story was one of my favorite because it mixed well plots, characters and a universal message of peace and acceptance without being too stiff… It was a quest for honor and justice across some of the most striking literary landscape for two young men that might have more in common that what their prejudices and pride would let them think.
I wholeheartedly recommend this clean fantasy adventure! All the main characters went through their own journeys (literal or metaphorical) of growth, and I like that I would not have predicted where some of those would lead.
Farb has created story line, character development, humor, plot twists, incredible prose, and deep truths that are all phenomenal, making this book stand out on my shelf.
The writing style is smart and engaging. Brave young men, vivacious heroine. Vibrant world, exciting stakes… I’d recommend to fans of Blades of Acktar, The Queen’s Thief, and The Minstrel’s Song
It’s an epic story that screams for an adaptation.