Author: Sara Holland
Page Count: 361
Jules lives a poor life in Sempera with her Papa. Instead of paying for rent and food with money, the people there pay with their time, by extracting their blood, where it becomes bound to iron coins. Jules’ father doesn’t have much time left so she decides to take a job in Everless, where she grew up but was forced to leave because of the Gerling family. Roan Gerling, who was Jules’ childhood friend, is due to be married, so she will be a servant in the estate. But Roan has a brother, Liam, that Jules does not trust and has been told by her father to fear. As Jules is working in the estate she starts to learn secrets and more about herself and just who she should trust.
This book was fantastic!! It reads like an old fairy tale that was dug up from a time capsule and finally given to us. I’ve never read anything like and I loved it so much. Even if you just read the synopsis, you can tell that it’s going to be a great story because it draws you in. It leaves you wondering how this world lives with time and blood as payment. And it was so well done. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding this story so I can’t go into a lot detail without giving spoilers but I’m going to do my best.
First off, Jules is an interesting character. I really enjoyed reading from her perspective but at times I was just screaming at her for some of the decisions she made. She just recently turned seventeen, which is the age that you are no longer considered a child and you can extract blood if you need it. So Jules has never had to do that and her father has refused to let her do it as well. When she goes to work in Everless, she immediately recognizes Roan. And to be honest, I didn’t like him at all through the entire story. He was oddly suspicious with his smirking and winking all the time and I’m not sure whether Holland wrote him in to be suspicious or if that’s just me. Liam on the other hand, was way more interesting. My suspicions about him ended up being true by the end of the book… and that’s all I can say. Jules ends up being the handmaiden to Ina, who is the Queen’s daughter that is to be married to Roan. I loved her character from the beginning and I loved the friendship that developed between her and Jules. She is just a kindhearted girl who is in love with her Prince and I think she would make a great Queen over Everless.
The real action and mystery solving is really in the last 50 pages of the book and it left me with my jaw dropped. I was right about everyone that I suspected but in the wrong way… if that makes sense. I was so shocked and stunned. Some of it was good but some was also bad. I’m really excited to continue this series. This has definitely made the list of my top favorite books of 2018 and I highly recommend it. I only started reading fantasy last year and the books I was reading were all kind of starting to blend in together but not this one. So if you’re looking for something different and jaw dropping, go pick it up!