“The truth was excruciatingly painful. I was a pale imitation of my former self, and I wanted Magnus to know just how bad it truly was.”
Magnus Tryx has been lovesick for the past 10 years. His beloved woman Kymber Oryx, one of the most fiercest warriors known throughout the land, died in the battle of Marilian, buried in a mass grave. Or so he thought..
While traveling the roads outside Jalarath, he stumbles upon a pack of thieves hurting a bruised and beaten young woman who had taken home in one of the nearby caves. On closer inspection, he comes to realize it is Kymber. Her head almost shaven, her body skeletal, and white scars infesting her whole body.
This is a story about love, triumph, and revenge.
This novels strength is its powerful story about overcoming ones demons, having the strength to move forward no matter how unforgettably painful your past is. This is where our character Kymber comes in. We learn her struggle throughout most of the book. Fighting her depression to be the warrior she once was. There are many points in the story when you truly root for Kymber for her perseverance.
In terms of pacing, the book was a bit slow to start which is both a strength and a weakness. It allows for a slow, cleverly-painted picture to build up this relationship and it’s many secrets but I really just wanted more action to come into play so badly and the dialogue can be a bit cheesy at times.
Magnus… My god..
I did not understand his tactics AT ALL. His character made me angry far too many times. Thankfully his character becomes more likeable towards the end of the book but thinking on it now, I truly must have cared for Kymber to feel this way toward Magnus. Kymber made this book enjoyable. She made the story and that is why you should pick this book up.
“If nothing else, I’d learned an inescapable truth: we all carried darkness inside us. Some of us harbored monsters.”
3.5 out of 5 stars
Thank you S.L. Jesberger for sending me a copy to review.