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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
This was an okay fantasy story, although I lost interest a little at the end.
Raisa was a bit of an infuriating character, because she kept making bad decisions. It seemed like even though she knew what she should and shouldn’t be doing, she kept doing these things anyway, and I just wanted to smack her at times to see if it would knock some sense into her.
The storyline in this followed Raisa as she began training to be a new tutor, and learning the symbols of the different languages. She was approached by the resistance and asked to do things for them, and also began a bit of a romance with the Prince, and seemed once again to not make the best choices. The pace was quite slow in this, although it did hold my attention pretty well in the first half of the story.
The ending to this was okay, although my attention had lapsed a bit by the end. This story wasn’t quite what I was expecting though, as I expected this to be a bit more high fantasy, and instead there was quite a lot about the writing and the romance.
6.5 out of 10