download (1)Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

This book was awesome!!!! I really loved the action and suspense. The characters were really detailed and realistic. I loved listening to their conversations with each other. The humor was really satisfying. I loved how there was little hope and how this was portrayed. The plot was also really detailed. Want to know more? Then read on.

The characters were really awesome. They were so real and they had a life and such before this book happened. And then everything bad happened. The characters all had second thoughts and debated whether what they were doing was the right thing. Because of this I stayed hooked to the story and was always wondering what the characters were going to do next. 

My only issue was that I couldn’t connect with Laia. She seemed like such a nice person but she seemed like she never did anything. I don’t know if that’s just me though. I know that she’s important and stuff but for some reason Laia and I never clicked. I hope that she’ll get better in the next book.

My favorite character was Elias. He had such a good sense of humor and hope that I couldn’t do anything but love him. He really cares for Laia. He could’ve not cared and just left her to her own devices. And his fears were real and so sweet and so human. I really enjoyed how he always tried to help his men and make their lives easier. 

All of the characters were so different. It was also really cool to throw in the mythical creatures there. I was instantly curious when we started mentioning them. And the stories were amazing. They were so detailed and explained why everyone believed the things that they did. I was curious about that and all of the histories. Even though I didn’t get all of the information that I wanted in this book I’m sure that it’ll all be revealed in the next book. 

The plot was very interesting. I really enjoyed the tension between Helene and Elias. I also really liked how Elias and Laia were in love and they didn’t even though that they were in love. Actually, that was sort of infuriating because I wanted to tell them that they were in love and that they didn’t know it yet. But the suspense and intrigue in the book was really well done. I loved it. The prose and the writing style were also really good. The writing style was very good, maybe one of the best that I’ve read. 

The setting was beautiful (in it’s own way). I could see how it was based on Rome. And of course there was the desire to conquer, which we also see in the Ancient Romans. This book made me remember my teachings about Ancient Rome and their lifestyle. I’m guessing that the Martials were the Romans and the Scholars were the Greeks. I am always impressed with a realistic setting. Please read this book. I really enjoyed it(except for that one issue which I talked about above).

As I’ve said above I did really enjoy this book. Sabba Tahir sure knows how to write a good story. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (15)