This is one of the best young-adult fantasy books I have read in a long time! I am excited to spread the love about this book.
I also wanted to share a few other upcoming things around this book. The pre-order offer and the release day celebration signing details.
Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.
Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.
Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.
With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advanced review copy of Shimmer and Burn for an honest review.
Shimmer and Burn has swoon, magic and heart-break, while on a journey to discovery what is really important and worth fighting for. This book is seriously one of the best books I have read in so long!!! I am hoping for so much more to come from this series or this author, this is exciting to see that this is her debut and is this great.
Faris has never had much but she does know what is important. She will do anything for those she loves. The kingdom she lives in won’t let anyone go beyond the borders. They stay their is a plague beyond and don’t want contamination to spread. Magic has also only been relegated to the King and no one is allowed to have it.
When Faris is approached to work for the Kings executioner she knows she doesn’t really have a choice. He knows secrets about her and her family. He promises to help her and her sister better their situation. She doesn’t know if she can trust him but what does she have to lose. His betrothed Bryn, the princess, is ruthless and lets her know that she will be working for her and that she will make sure she succeeds. Bryn makes Faris into a soldier who will take on her pain and do her bidding.
Bryn wants to go beyond the borders and her mission is to make sure she becomes Queen. Faris and Bryn soon meet a man named North and there hopes are that he can take them to the prince so they can help him and he can help Bryn fight for her kingdom and Faris help her sister.
Will Bryn betray Faris to get what she wants? Can they find the prince before Bryn’s father finds them? You have to read this epic fantasy to find out!
Shimmer and Burn was a world that drew me in and I didn’t want to leave. It has it all, action, magic, a plagued world, romance, heart-break, amazing world building and fantastic characters! I cannot wait to read more and I would definitely recommend. I am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Book Launch Celebration:
Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Library: Orlando, FL – Public Library
Location: Albertson Room
I write stories about bloodshed and tears, and in some cases, kissing.
Born and raised in rural Ohio, I now live in the sprawling suburbs of Central Florida wherein I complain about the heat, pay homage to the air conditioner, and prefer to drink my iced tea sweet.