An ambitious orphan. A ruthless warlord. An impossible destiny.
Arya Nameless is a lowly Raider posted to an isolated fort in the most dangerous place in Dunidaen. She has few prospects, and as much as she loves her fellow soldiers, she burns for more-more control, more autonomy, more power.
When her bravery during an unexpected attack leads to an offer to join the household of one of Dunidaen’s warlords, Arya finds a home and family she never expected. Yet her quicksilver temper and fierce pride put her place there at constant risk.
And as her warlord embroils them all in a dangerous political game to rule Dunidaen, over the border to the west, the Nightstalker lurks. A king who wields powerful magic, the Nightstalker’s fate is inextricably entwined with Arya’s. His relentless pursuit will force Arya into a choice she doesn’t want to make, between loyalty and love, and taking hold of the destiny she was born to fulfill.
Which will she choose?
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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(5 / 5) You see those 5 stars? I love Lisa Cassidy. Her adult fantasy hits me exactly where I need it. I am entertained, the characters are endearing and there is always action and excitement throughout. Check out her other series I loved here. That series earned a five full stars from me also.
Arya is an orphan that is a fierce warrior. She is rash, temperamental, arrogant, loyal and impulsive. All the attributes I love in a flawed, strong character. She’s young but she earns her place. Because of her actions, she is taken into the household of a warlord. Here she finds people who really become family. A found family in a book is a favorite of mine, but Cassidy takes it to a different level. The characters are so genuine that they feel real. They make mistakes and have consequences.
Ultimately, I didn’t want it to end. That is the sign of great writing. The world was an incredible place to visit that I could not get enough of. Best of all, I can picture her world! Sometimes I can only picture bits and pieces of a world but Cassidy brings hers to life without lengthy descriptions. Somehow, Cassidy makes me feel a connection with her books and characters. I adore each one and own multiple copies. I love that she can endear me to these stories so easily. How quickly can I get book 2 Lisa??
General content summary: little language, killing (blood, body description), alcohol (multiple), creature/animal attack and death (weapons, injuries, blood, multiple,) fighting (weapons, blood, broken bones, multiple), f/f kisses and relationship, maternal death (few details, previous), arrow threat (blood, injury, some deaths).
Thank you to Lisa Cassidy and Tate House Publishing for the gifted copy!
The book releases September 21, 2023.
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