A healer who cannot be healed . . . When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war . . . Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
I read a lot. Maybe not as much as some of the voracious readers I have met at book club (who read about a thousand books a month!) but I read when I can because it makes me happy. I adore stories and I love to cram them inside my head. I also enjoy to chat about them too, so I thought I might start writing a bit more about what I’m reading on my blog, just for fun. I’m not mad into writing reviews, so I will keep this short and sweet and fun! Because this is my blog, and I can do that if I want to.
I am so pleased to be hosting #LoveOzYA fantasy indie author Helen Scheuerer today.
If you haven't got your hands on her excellent debut novel, Heart of Mist, it's truly worth a look. It was one of my top reads of 2017! The next novel in The Oremere Chronicles trilogy, Reign of Mist, is due out on the 13th of September 2018.
I had the opportunity to ask Helen some questions about her work, so read on for our interview:
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
SLIGHTLY SPOILERY BOOK MUSING AHEAD (no plot spoiling but a little bit of discussion on the protagonist's character development throughout the novel – fair warning!)