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‘Only one thing is more powerful than a wish, and that is a purpose.’
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of Eleven. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust.
Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn – but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?
This may well be another YA hit that could easily hit the big screens at the cinema. This is the first book in a new series and it is a little belter. Tarisai has never really known a mother’s love, although she knew her mother. Tarisai has been raised by people caring for her needs but because of her ability to see their memories by touching them, no-one wants to be that close to her. She knows that her father loves her but he is very unusual in his own right.
Her mother, who is known as The Lady sends her away to Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen to serve the young Prince. Tarisai embraces it, not having any sort of friendships before, but she soon works out what is expected of her.
What a tremendous story this is. OK. it is a Y. A. read but I am a sucker for these books myself and I am a great grandmother! Tarisai isn’t just likeable she is loveable and I wanted her to find happiness in the story. She is a person in her own right, not just a tool to complete a job.
There are some brilliant characters in the story, friends that she makes, not the popular kids but the ones that like her are avoided for one reason or another. The young Prince is wise with a huge task in front of him. The story has got a solid base for the next book in this series to take off from. Superb!
I wish to thank the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
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