In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
I really love this cover! I really like the simple colours on this cover. Also, the design is amazing and it fits the book so well!
The writing was pretty enjoyable. I feel like the book started a little slow and there were a few points throughout the book that was a bit slow and dull. But for the most part, it was interesting and there was a fair bit of action.
There was one part of the book that I found really predictable basically from the start but for the most part, there were a lot of things that were unpredictable which I really enjoyed.
The world was also really well explained and I never had an issue when being introduced to it. Also, the world was extremely interesting and I can’t wait to see what else happens in this world!
The plot was really well done besides the few dull parts that I mentioned earlier. I also loved that even though there was a slight romance vibe it was definitely not the main focus at all! Which if you know me? Is great as I’m not a fan of many romances and it’s nice to see books with little to no romance!
Okay, so I won’t be talking about my full feelings of a couple of the major characters as it would possibly give away some spoilers as there are a few characters that you start out with one opinion and then you find out that it’s not as it seems.
I really enjoyed Jules and she was an awesome MC to read from. She was kind and caring but also brave and kinda stubborn.
Roan, I actually didn’t particularly like. He seemed to change his mind a lot and there were hints at him possibly cheating on his fiance. Which I am not a fan of, even if it is an arranged marriage.
Ina was just so sweet and innocent feeling. She was also kinda naive to some degree. Well, that is the way she was made out to be anyway.
The writing is really good and the world building is amazing! I really enjoyed the MC as well! There are a few slow parts and a little bit of predictability too which I wasn’t as much a fan of but not enough to really affect my enjoyment.
I did really enjoy this book but I had a couple small issues that means that I didn’t give it a higher rating. But still, a really good book and I’m keen to find out what happens next!
I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Hachette Children’s Book Australia & NetGalley for this opportunity.
So on some sites, this book is currently available but on others it’s a pre-order. According to NetGalley this book releases on the 4th of Jan though. But I will leave links below on a few places you can purchase or pre-order the book.
**This is only links for the Hachette/Orchard edition but you can also get the HarperTeen editions around with a different cover.**
Hardcover, Paperback & eBook
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