Random House Worlds. Mar. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9780593599402. $28. FANTASY
Written in collaboration between Skye (Cloak of Night) and the team behind the upcoming Netflix film Damsel, this is a tale of intrigue and adventure. Elodie is the daughter of a duke in a famine-stricken desert land that struggles to survive. She would do anything to save her people, so she agrees to marry a prince from the lavish and wealthy kingdom of Aurea. She is swept away by the wealth and beauty of the land and by her betrothed. But as she prepares for the marriage, Elodie starts to notice disconcerting things happening, like a woman in the tower who disappears and a procession of torches up the mountain in the middle of the night. It seems that Aurea has gained its wealth at a hefty cost—the sacrifice of princesses to a dragon—and Elodie has become the next sacrifice.
VERDICT Skye creates an atmospheric world that allows readers to immerse themselves in Elodie’s struggle to survive. Great for fans of Kiera Cass’s “The Selection” series and Victoria Aveyard’s “The Red Queen” series.
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