RELEASE DATE: October 06, 2015
AUTHOR: Jennifer Jenkins
GENRE: Young-Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance.
SUMMARY: Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.
Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.
What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.
This book was fantastic! I just devoured this book and I loved every moment in it. It is one of those books that’ll definitely took you by surprise. With that intriguing synopsis and attractive cover, I couldn’t help getting myself a copy. Seriously, It was really an amazing book and definitely worth your penny. It has amazing characters and great plot. I had great time reading it especially the forbidden romance. I think it’s a great start for a trilogy and I’ll look forward to more books from this author.
Jo and her little sister Tess are orphans who belongs to the wolf clan. When Jo’s parents are killed by the Ram Clan she seeks shelter in an allied camp who fights against Ram Clan. For seeking revenge for her parents death, she volunteers to spy on them and she infiltrates the Ram Clan by disguising herself as a slave. But things get pretty much complicated when her sister follows her to the Ram’s gate making her mission more dangerous because now she’s not only has to complete the mission but also escape this hell hole safely along with her sister before they were found out. During her mission, she heals a young Ram who later develops a friendly bond with her. Her situation gets more difficult when she starts to get attracted to a Ram warrior which is forbidden on so many levels and also a huge obstacle to her mission.
Jo was a great female protagonist in the plot and I really liked her. She is very brave and strong character. Physically she might be weak but mentally she was strong who will endure and do anything for the sake of protecting her loved ones. Gryphon is another great character in this book and definitely a swoon worthy guy you must meet. He is very loyal to his clan and also one of their clan’s best warriors. Despite belonging to the ruthless Ram clan, he has a soft side which makes him a black sheep among his people. Besides the Characters, I loved the slow burning romance between Gryphon and Jo. I really enjoyed how their forbidden love slowly blossomed and finally ignited. Both of them are loyal towards their clans and they always fight their inner battles against their attraction towards each other. There is a light triangle in the plot and it’s definitely not one of those annoying ones. The supporting characters are also great and they are all well connected.
The plot was well written and perfectly executed. It was engaging from the start till the end and the pacing was quite great too. I really liked the world the author has created which was unique and creative. she has a great writing skills which was captivating and compelling, and I quite enjoyed reading it. I liked all the characters in this book! They are well built and well developed.
Overall, I loved it! This book is a total perfection and I can’t wait to read the sequel. Do I recommend it? A huge Yes! It was really a fascinating YA dystopian novel and I highly recommend everyone to read this book.
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