The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

A thrilling futuristic fantasy in which the fate of the world’s energy source is in the hands of a prince and princess who are rivals, by the New York Times-bestselling author of the Syrena Legacy.

I was introduced to Anna Banks through her Syrena Legacy series and fell in love with her ability to spin vivacious characters and descriptive scenery out of nothing.

Nemesis carries on her ability to create well-crafted stories but with action, much larger world building, and historical context that goes beyond what she did in Legacy. She had to have spent considerable time outlining and researching to form this multi-faceted population and places.

The interactions between family members, friends and those she meets on her journey felt believable and a necessary part of her life as she figures out her place in the world. The relationship in particular between Tarik and Sepora was well-written and provided a great balance between their individuals perspectives.

It starts off a little slow but doesn’t stay that way for long so if you feel like taking a break hang in there because the vast majority of it is really good.

Her sequel arrives in a few months so this is a good time to read or re-read this so it’ll be fresh on your mind in time for Ally.

Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book.


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