In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled -- taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army.
Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her
mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous
magic, one that threatens the entire empire.
Lady Amalia Cornaro
was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into
a treacherous world of political machinations.
But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre. @goodreads
I had a great time with this book! There was never a point that is was boring, at least not to me. =)
**Maybe some minor spoilers**
Amalia Cornaro is out one evening getting a rare book when she runs into a fire mage and a Falconer.
has been in hiding all of these years because she doesn't want to be a
slave to the city. She has lived in some horrible situations as a
Amalia was trying to save her from some ruffians when
she set off her fire and was on the brink of burning the town down.
These mages can lose control and kill everything. The Falconer that was
there asked Amalia to put a jest (was it called a jest?) on her wrist to
stop her powers.
Little did Amalia know, this was going to
change her life forever. Once someone puts the bracelet on, they are
bound to the mage and said person is now a Falconer. It's almost like
having a real falcon in captivity. They have these people in their army
of course. They get taken at birth and put into a special place to learn
with a Falconer. They are treated like little kings and queens but they
aren't free. Most Falconers let them free for a good amount of time but
they have to always be watched because some of these mages have
accidentally killed their parents and others as children. It's pretty
sad all the way around. Everyone is trying to do the right thing. Well,
accept the idiot that uses them for war, but most of them are happy.
mom isn't too happy with this situation. Amalia is to be heir to her
mother's throne and her mother is a force to be reckoned with, seems
like all of the other higher ups are terrified of her.
can't live with the Falconer's for this reason so she visits Zaira and
tries to do everything she can to make her happy. She doesn't like the
situation they are in and just wants to do what she can.
I loved Zaira, she was funny and well, she had her problems. And she loved a dog =)
the Falconer that Amalia had run into that night is named Marcello and I
just fell in love with him. So did some other people =)
There is a lot of political garbage going on in the book. Everyone pretty much wants to kill everyone else and take over.
Zaira and Marcello are put into some really tough situations but they
all did good for the most part. I wanted to smack them a few times but I
digress. Zaira wanted to set everyone on fire which she was allowed to
do at times. =)
Oh and Marcello also has sister that's a mage.
She hit it off with Amalia because they were both book lovers and
inventors etc. I loved her too =)
I loved these characters and
they had me freaking stressed out at times but it all worked out,
mostly. There are other side characters in the book that were evil and
awesome in equal parts.
I am looking forward to reading the next book!
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book.*