Jess dreams of doing is running the Fives and being a competitor, but
when a ruthless lord rips apart her family and takes her on as a student
she finds that she is running the Fives to protect her mother and
sisters. With the help of Kal, a friend way above her station, she will
do what she must to protect her family.
took me a little while to settle into this novel, but once I got past
the beginning I was hooked. Jess's society was at first difficult to
understand. In many ways it seemed reminiscent of Roman society. You have
the high ranking Patron class and the commoners. Jess's mother was a
commoner and her father a Patron, and as a result his family with Jess's
mother isn't recognized and it leaves the girls vulnerable because they
are not protected by the rights of either class. Like I said--it was a
rocky start to understand all this, but as the novel progressed it began
to make more sense. Jess's character is well developed and there is
plenty of action in this novel. The second book Poisoned Blade will be
out soon, and is definitely going to be on my reading list.
Overall, this was an interesting adventure and I look forward to reading what comes next for Jess and her sisters.
Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Sex: References, but nothing explicit
Drugs/Alcohol: Mild drinking