The ruling class elite have silver blood and special powers (think X-men). The working class with red blood are oppressed and downtrodden. Mare Barrow is one of the red blooded downtrodden who will soon have to leave her family and life as a pick-pocket when she will be drafted as an expendable soldier at the front. Through a twist of fate, Mare lands a job as a servant for the royal family. During her first night on the job, after a dangerous mishap, she and the ruling elite are shocked (literally) when her electrifying powers are revealed. How can this be? A red blood with powers? The royal family hides her in plain site by giving her a new identity and betrothing her to prince #2.
Rebellion is the running theme. Rebellion by the oppressed red bloods and rebellion within the royal family. Back-stabbing, duplicitous, power-laden nobles all perfectly content to hurt others . . . almost all. Who is the good prince and who is the bad prince or is everyone a shade of gray? This first book in the series features a flawed but resourceful heroine and two dashing princes and a perfect eye-catching cover! Highly recommend.
eGalley review Publication date 2.10.15
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