After witnessing something dark and strange on a routine mission, Sephera Travelle– a nineteen-year-old assassin with a weakness for braided cinnamon bread and an affinity for murder–is thrust on a seemingly impossible quest to save her world.
Teaming up with her best friend Zadkiel and three warriors with flexible morals, she starts her journey on a search for a woman called “The First.” As a 500-year old cycle is about to start anew, creatures from the Dark Realm have begun to invade, bringing with them a dark and deadly plague. Sephera realizes that there may be more to this mission than simply finding “The First.”
She comes to realize that everyone in her life may not be quite what they seem, as more about the curse that separated their realms is revealed. She soon discovers the Dark Realm might not be so evil after all, and perhaps it is her realm that is filled with Darkness. She holds the lit match and must choose whether to resurrect the world, or help it burn.
This book pulls you in right away. You are thrown into a world you know nothing about, characters you don’t know, everything is foreign to you. There is no introduction. It gives you no choice but to continue on with the book, eager to find out what is going to happen and who these people are. As you advance in the book, you start to learn some of the many things that add up to make Sephera the complex character she is. In addition to Sephera, almost every single character is well-rounded.
Aubrie L. Nixon throws in little details here and there about the world, and if you catch them it makes you do a double-take. I thought that was really clever.
I loved that Sephera wasn’t a perfect character. A lot of times in fantasy, the characters are irritatingly perfect; They never lie, cheat, steal, make rude remarks, etc. It was refreshing to see a character that is relatable.
Overall, I think this was a well thought out book and a must-read! :)
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