Before the time of the great pyramids, there was a place like none other, a city of glass and metal rising from the depths of the ocean. Shrouded in mist, the island of Hy-Brasil and its capital Atlantis lay hidden from the rest of the world by its people, a race of long lived, interstellar nomads.
What secrets would you keep to save your kingdom? On the Queen’s deathbed, the sonless King Rowe is force into a promise to allow his five daughters to marry for love. A promise he wished he had never made, and one he will have to break, to save the kingdom from his squabbling, incompetent son-in-laws.
The youngest of five daughters, Jael, spent most of her time at her father’s side learning to run a kingdom. Believed to be the King’s favorite, Jael is shocked when he betroths her to a longtime friend of his, Prince Sarik of Hy-Brasil. Soon she will learn that world is full of secrets and one of them is her very own birth. Will the secret that bonds her to Sarik be the ultimate downfall of a kingdom?
This is not my usual genre of book to read. I have to admit that I was worried when I started it and there was all of this talk about kingdoms and clans and lots of names that seem so made up. However, once I got into it, I found a story of love on many levels. There is a love of family - the father and his daughters. There is a love of one's clan and kingdom. There is love of power. And there is love between a man and a woman. One of the most important lessons seemed to be that love can be right in front of your face. You don't need to go searching far and wide for it.
The blend of settings and time periods was an interesting mix. Jael and Sarik meet in Atlantis, which is even more technologically modern than the present day. When they leave to go back to their clans, it is more like ancient times. The characters somehow seamlessly shift from one to the other.
I had also never before experienced a book with Jinns. They are a new type of character for me and seem intriguing.
I think people who like stories such as the Game of Thrones series are going to like this novel. Thank you, C.G. Powell, for taking me out of my realm of usual reads.
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