From the publisher, “Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders. Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet. But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city. With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves…or step up to be the champion her city needs.
From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.”
This extremely well written political fantasy offers a study of regimes. When one regime is overthrown, will the next one be any better? Is the new government really for the people or is it creating a whole new set of class struggles? The characters of Annie and Lee are fantastic. Annie begins rather timid, lacking confidence and we see her grow into leadership. Lee begins with royal confidence, despite witnessing his family slaughtered. As his beliefs falter due to conflicts between lineage and the present, we see his confidence diminish. Engaging, thought provoking, true characters – all of them, this book has it all! AND DRAGONS! I am eager to read more from this author. Highly recommend!
eGalley review Publication date 10.15.19