My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I got this as an e-book from Netgalley. I normally wouldn’t enter the Goodreads contest to win a copy of a book I’ve already read, but I did really enjoy this, and since it is part one of a series, I’ll want to have it to re-read before the next one comes out probably. I really liked the story to begin with. The characters really grabbed me, and it was fun to kind of read about “royalty” in a way. To read about girls who were supposed to only get married and be good wives. Yet our main character, Katerina, doesn’t want that kind of life. She wants to be a doctor. Now in her country, women have been banned from going to medical school. Her father supports her, along with another doctor, and says he will help her to go to a school that does allow women. But this is not the main storyline, although it is a big part of her life. Katerina can see a light around people, a light that tells something about whether they are close to death or not. And she soon finds out, this may be because she is a necromancer. In this world there are vampires, and fairies, and zombies, and all kinds of magical things, ghosts, etc. And it is a world of it. The light and dark sides. Katerina is needed by both sides. One needs her for a ritual to help their son ascend, and then they want her powers for other things later on. The other side needs her to be able to raise a creature that can save them from the dark. The one side, the son says he’s in love with her, but Katerina doesn’t trust his family, or him. The other side has a soldier/royal son who irritates her, and he doesn’t trust her because he can tell what her power is. But soon, a spark grows between them as they continue to be thrown together in all these dangerous situations. But Katerina may have to deny her true feelings, as the other side threatens her friends and family if she does not marry their son and do as they ask.
Now, as I’ve said, I really enjoyed this book. When I picked it up, I had trouble putting it down. The story was very thought out, all the background of the families and all the paranormal situations and entities. It ended at a point that I’m very eager to read on past and find out what happens, and that’s the problem with reading advanced readers copies, since it isn’t even published yet, now I have to wait until it’s published, plus probably another year before I’ll get to read on. I wish when I got an ARC of a series, I could just get all the rest early too. But I’m sure all readers feel that way. Anyway, my only complaint with this book has to do with some of how it was so involved. I feel like the book just started in with some of the paranormal stuff, but didn’t really explain it well until later, which was a bit confusing. Also, Katerina didn’t know she was a necromancer, or that vampires were real, but she did know there were fairies? Seems weird to know about that and not the rest. But all in all, a great book, and I totally got past that once I got into the story.