Summary: (inside flap) High in the snow-covered mountains of Llyvyraneth, in a castle full of the country's elite, Celyn Contrare serves as a lady-in-waiting to shy young Merista Nemair. Her days are spent dressing in velvet and brocade, attending Lady Merista, navigating court gossip, and charming noblemen over lavish feasts.
And at night, she picks locks, steals jewels, forges documents and collects secrets. Because Celyn isn't really a lady-in-waiting; she's not even really Celyn Contrare. She's Digger, a sneak-thief on the run from the King's Inquisition, desperate to escape its cruel instruments and hatred of magic. If she's discovered, it will mean her certain death...
...But life as a lady-in-waiting isn't safe either. The devious Lord Daul knows her secret, and he's blackmailing her to serve as his personal spy in the castle. What she discovers - about Daul, about the Nemair, even about her own Lady Merista - could signal civil war in Llyvyraneth. And for a thief trained never to get involved, taking sides could be the most dangerous job yet.
Review: A valiant heroine, Celyn is an amazing character. Thieves, dark alleys, magic, political drama all play a part in making this book come alive.
I read Elizabeth C. Bunce's previous book, A Curse As Dark As Gold, and in liking the writing style, I decided to try this one out as well. I wasn't disappointed by this adventurous tale
The story started out kind of patchy. I felt that it would have been good if the author had defined "Sarist" earlier in the book because I was confused for bit.
All the characters were defined clearly. The storyline was really interesting. I didn't feel bored throughout any of it because of the action-packed writing, althouh the author used lots of descriptions. The good thing was that they were interesting to read and fun to conjure up.
Although the setting seems to be in olden tmes, the dialogue is modern for the most part which was beneficial in creating Celyn's independent character. The language was also successful in creating an alternate reality or world.
The entire story was consistent, mended together and wrapped up nicely in the end. I'm super excited for the sequel! It is going to be called Liar's Moon.
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