She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.
However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
SOURCE: galley via publisher/Edelweiss + physical ARC (THANK YOU!!)
Taken from home at a young age Twylla has grown up at the castle around the royal family, promised to the prince as a Goddess returned. Until she marries she must serve as the executioner to crimes against the crown and Queen as she is deadly to the touch. As the list of the Queen’s enemies grows Twylla is assigned a new guard who causes her to doubt her isolation and future.
Twylla – I make no secret of the fact that I’m not a hugger but boy did I want to give her one. This poor girl! I felt so sorry for her about not being able to physically connect with anyone for any reason. Regardless of her circumstances she was a very strong and extremely smart character which was completely refreshing. I didn’t find myself yelling at her as I was reading even once.
Lief – I’m not sure what I want to say about him. To be completely honest it has been several days since I finished and I’m truly still middle of the road on him. I guess the jury is still out on the this subject.
The Queen – She does have a name but if you read this book she deserves no less than her title. WOW WHAT A ROYAL BITCH.
Dorin – He reminds me of a great friend I had who was almost like a second father to me. We no longer work together but I sure do miss him.
Merek – If I’m pronouncing this correctly then this is the name (though spelled differently) of one of my sister’s exes from high school. Not motivating for me to be on his side but with that being said I did like him though he fell a little flat for me in our first few encounters.
When you read as much as I do sometimes you start plotting out the book. Will this person die? Will that person live? Who’s the love interest? Is there a love triangle?! Well, I found myself 20 pages in and I JUST KNEW I had it all figured out. The further along I went the more confident I grew in my choices and started talking to the book/characters like I was watching someone in a scary movie walk into a dark room. You know what happened? I WAS WRONG. I was wrong about every single theory I had about this book and I couldn’t have loved it more! The story was very entertaining and went in directions I wouldn’t have even guessed. I won’t ruin anything for you guys but towards then end when I was at my most confident, was when I was shot down. Every character did the opposite of what I thought. ALL OF THEM. It shocked me enough that I had to stop and ask myself if it really happened. One of the best reads in quite a while and I’m eager to read more from this world.
BONUS: GUYS. THE COVER. How beautiful?!? Just gorgeous!