Following the death of the king and his heir, 17-year-old twins Carys and Andreus must compete in a series of trials to determine which of them will ascend to the throne of Eden. Carys has spent her life protecting Andreus, ensuring that no one learns of his weak heart and debilitating episodes. Andreus has never lived up to his father’s expectations, preferring to work among the tradespeople who keep their city safe from monstrous foes. Carys and Andreus hatch a desperate plan that will allow Andreus to safely assume the throne, but meddlesome political players and schemes cause a dangerous rift between the siblings. Charbonneau’s (Need) third-person narrative alternates between Carys and Andreus, giving insight into both sides of the ensuing struggle, but some readers may find it difficult to connect with Andreus, who is predictable and easily swayed by the promise of power. Carys, though, is a vibrant and driven character whose flaws make her fascinating; readers will be captivated by her story and strength, and look forward to what lies next for these siblings. Ages 13–up. Agent: Stacia Decker, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/01/2017 Release date: 06/01/2017 Genre: Children's
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