Shimmer and Burn, by Mary Taranta
On Sale Date: August 8, 2017
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.25 out of 5 stars)
**I received this as an e-galley through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**
To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.
Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.
Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.
With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.
I honestly wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book going into it. While the premise sounded mildly intriguing, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be something I absolutely loved enough to really want to read it, but after seeing so many positive reviews of it, thought I should give it a try. And I’m certainly glad I did. This book is about good and evil, sacrifices and selfishness, strengths and weaknesses, and swept me entirely away. Continue reading “Book Review | Shimmer and Burn, by Mary Taranta”