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I found myself drawn in from the moment I opened this book. It's absolutely frightening and redemptive. Sage is just the kind of heroine I love to read about. As much as we'd like to believe that she is living a charmed life, she is ready for adventure - something that goes against the societal norms of her time. But, she has a gift, and while using that gift, she finds a confidant, co-conspirator, someone she wishes she could meet in person. But her family standing prevents such an alignment.
It isn't until she takes on a punishment she doesn't deserve and is cast into Lowtown to save face for her family that she discovers what life is truly all about... and who has actually been calling all of the shots. This is her chance to show what she is made of and the strength she knew she had deep down inside. It isn't the adventure she expected, but it is the one that could take her to a place of true happiness.
My heart broke and soared for Sage. This tale is woven in such a way that it was difficult to put it down because the web of the story had me pinned. And what a fantastic collaboration! I hope these two authors do much more writing together because there is a symbiosis between them that makes for the best writing adventure.