Open your eyes to darkness. What do you see? Does the darkness frighten you? Now imagine the darkness being the cargo hold of a slave ship. Your city has fallen. Your family is most likely dead. You don’t know anyone around you, and some of them aren’t even human. Giving up would be so easy to do, but not for Arowyn Mason. Not after being raised in a military family with seven brothers. Every great story should begin with a plan. Aro’s was to escape and to survive.
Escape comes, but at a price. As they reach the shore, Aro and the other survivors learn that freedom doesn’t mean safety. The slavers want their property back and will do anything to get it. The party uses every ounce of their brute strength, a hearty helping of cunning, and even ancient magics to keep themselves alive. Sickness, danger, and even love surprise them at every turn. Dealing with danger becomes their way of life, but none of them ever considered that nothing can be quite as dangerous as a prophecy. Running turns into another race altogether as her world falls to pieces again and again.
Arowyn is the only girl in a family of military brothers. After the city comes under attack, she tries to escape, but ends up kidnapped and taken to a slave ship to be transported. She thinks her life is over and pretends to be a boy in order to be treated as an equal by her new friends and saved from slavery. But, when the slave ship goes down and they land on a mysterious island full of creatures no one imagined, her secret comes out and her friends discover that she is a girl and that it doesn’t matter. They care about Aro and not what she is.
I found this story to be easy to read at a fast pace. While the main character, Aro, was a strong teenage girl pretending to be a boy, I found some of her actions (or lack of) to be questionable within the situation. But, I went along with it and pushed through the rest of the story. Her connection to Kei, a Fey, is interesting and I’m intrigued to see where that goes and why they have such a strong connection. Landing on an island full of magical beings, also, kept my attention and made me want to read more.
The author did a great job at world building and developing the beginning of the series. There is enough to detail to lure the reader in and keep a good pace. Like I mentioned, the only issue I had was with some of the main characters actions, but other than that it is a good story that any YA Fantasy Lover will enjoy.