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Kassia is a thief and a soon-to-be oath breaker. Armed with only a reckless wit and sheer bravado, 17-year-old Kassia barely scrapes out a life with her older sister in a back alley of the market district of the Imperial city of Corium. When a stranger shows up at her market stall, offering her work for which she is utterly unqualified, Kassia cautiously takes him on. Very soon, however, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery involving a usurped foreign throne and a vengeful nobleman. Most intriguing of all, she discovers clues to the disappearance of her father three years prior. 

When Kassia is forced to flee her home, suffering extreme hardship, danger, and personal trauma along the way, she feels powerless to control what happens around her. Rewarding revelations concerning the mysteries of her family’s past are tempered by the reality of a future she doesn’t want. In the end, Kassia discovers an unyielding inner strength and that, contrary to her prior beliefs, she is not defined by external things - she discovers that she is worthy to be loved.

©2015 Stephanie Churchill (P)2018 Stephanie Churchill

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A Reverse Fairytale with an Edge

I really enjoyed this book and would classify it as a reverse fairy tale with an edge. It is a well written and rounded out story, setting up the next book quite nicely. The book is touted as a YA novel, I did have a little trouble with some of the events that befell the protagonist and without providing spoilers, I think I would recommend this for more of a mature audience. Actually, the story itself would have worked wonderfully without them. The narrator did a fantastic job and was very easy to follow, she voiced all the characters in very unique ways and I enjoyed listening to her. If you’re looking for a fairytale with a strong protagonist at the helm this book is for you, I’d definitely suggest spending a credit on it.

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Prose ok, overall story ok, MC ugly

Ok, so the story reads/listens well, the overall storyline is intriguing. The reader does an ok job with most of the characters, should probably stay away from accents in the future though. The main problem I have with this book is that the author kept the MC stupid to drive plot lines. For example, the MC gets ambushed and hit on the head, tied up, and left in a shed. Six hours latter, with no explanation, she is having a happy little brunch with the abductors instead of trying to get the hell the away. She comments on always wearing the medallion her father gave her...except where it is convenient for her to bury it....even though she is just stalking around the city looking for her sister. ....and she buries it in the building with a bunch of other vagrants...who I am sure never thought about stealing....like she does. She trusts in one paragraph, regardless of the people or situation she is in. I thought maybe, if I skipped ahead I could find her character more developed and just chalk this up to the ignorance of youth, but she doesn't change....it just keeps going.

With that said, someone may enjoy this, the prose is ok, and the overall plot intriguing...but I can't recommend spending a credit here.