Trust no witch…
Iraya Adair has spent her life in a cell. Heir of an overthrown and magically-gifted dynasty, she was exiled from her home on the island nation of Aiyca when she was just a child. But every day brings her closer to freedom – and vengeance. Jazmyne Cariot grew up dressed in gold, with stolen magic at her fingertips. Daughter of the self-crowned doyenne, her existence is a threat to her mother’s rule. But unlike her sister, Jazmyne has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power. Sworn enemies, the two witches enter a deadly alliance to take down the woman who threatens both their worlds. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain – except the lengths Iraya and Jazmyne will go to win this game.
Two witches. One motive. And a very untrustworthy alliance.
[ARC Provided by Hot Key Books, my review is unbiased]
I’m a little burned out by fantasy, but very much on the look out for fantasy books that feel different, which may be why I was disappointed by this book. While it’s rich Jamaican-inspired setting and people made the book better, I couldn’t help but feel that the bare bones of the story stayed firmly in that Court Politics fantasy box that I despise so much.
Between Iraya and Jazmyne, Iraya was the stronger character. Her family murdered, imprisoned and biding her time, she’s such a raw character that I connected with more than Jazmyne. I did find Jazmine a little forgettable in comparison, there was something lacking about her that I just can’t put my finger on.
Overall, this is a solid debut, I just couldn’t quite get into it, perhaps because it was too long. Some elements like the romance felt forced and the characters never really got a moment to sit down and connect with each other – which might be why the romance felt forced. An incredible cover though.