A mortal alchemist. A faerie king. A bond that transcends death.

Betrayed by a trusted mentor, Sylvie Imanthiya hides on the fringes of society, caring for half-fae orphans and trading her alchemical creations on the black market. She lives for the one night each season when she can see her dearest friend—a man whose destiny is far above hers.

King Taylan Ashkalabek knows better than to exchange halayda vows with a mortal. Even their friendship is a risk; love is an impossible dream. Then a brutal alchemical attack poisons his realm, unearthing a dark power within him—and leaving Sylvie with the ancient mark of Faerie’s savior.

Manifesting unpredictable abilities and aided by allies with their own secrets, Sylvie and Taylan journey into the wilds of Faerie to heal the damage and confront Casimir, an invincible star-fae determined to claim the realm as his own. But only their enemy knows Sylvie’s true capabilities—and Taylan’s weaknesses—and how to use them in his vicious schemes.

Her fate is life. His fate is death. With Faerie in the balance, Sylvie and Taylan must stand together before reality as they know it is destroyed.

Magic, romance, adventure and fantasy come together to form a story that allows you to meet new characters while having fun in the journey.

White did a wonderful job in her character development so that Sylvie, Casimir, Taylan and others become real people to the point you can’t help but get sucked into their melodrama. It’s like watching a soap opera with fantasy themes. The battle themes of warrior versus peacemaker really added an explosive element to a plot that is intriguing and easy to read. Sylvie is a great protagonist that you can get behind due to her kind heart and strong spirit. She takes in those no one wants, how can you not love her?

Along with characters that you wish existed so you could meet them in real life you’re treated to vivid settings as she builds 2 worlds simultaneously; an ordinary world where we all live, albeit with a little bit of the supernatural, and a Faerie world where only our dreams can take us. Her writing talent is strong in her world building, the plot follow through makes sense, all the characters have a decent role, and she has this fun way of making faeries seem more human than fantasy.

Thank you to Netgalley and Uncommon Universes Press for allowing me to review this book.

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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com

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