Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.
As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.
Okay I have a lot of thoughts on this book, and most of them are not good. The story is told in a 3 person perspective, only one of the characters kept me engaged in the story and that was Devereux or Vex as they call him in the book. The other two, Adeluna I just didn’t engage with the character, and Benat bits just bored me. Honestly she should have just told the story from the pirates point of view, and added the characters from his view, it would have made for a much more compelling story.
I felt like the story was just all over the place, the Politics and the religion system wasn’t explained that well, they would give you some piece of information, then go off and give you more information, without fully explaining the previous piece of information. I just found it all to be confusing.
I almost DNF’d it so many times but I carried on, and I wish I didn’t.
Honestly this book was put out to be this big pirate adventure, fantasy book, and I honestly don’t think it lived up to that description.
On to some of the parts that were good.
The Magic system was interesting, the magic was through plants, I haven’t read anything like that before so that kept me interested. There was also LGBTQ representation in it.
Goodreads: 1.75 stars (I hate giving low ratings) 😦