The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.
When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.
My opinion: Wow! An author friend of mine recommended this book to me a few months ago and I put it on my TBR list. I put off reading it because it wasn’t available at my local library. Now that I have a Kindle I was able to buy it for 99 cents so I went ahead and bought it. I wasn’t expecting too much. The book doesn’t have many reviews on Goodreads and it isn’t very well known. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by this novella that takes the somewhat overdone young adult fantasy genre and slightly twisted it into something more unique.
The story is about a teenager named Hitomi who works with an group that secretly fights back against the corrupt ruler who has taken over Hitomi’s land. Hitomi soon finds herself caught up in more than she bargained for when she joined the Shadow League. She’s far from home, surrounded by dangerous strangers, and is forced to use her hidden powers more than she ever has before.
I loved the relationships and interactions in this book. Hitomi is reckless, but you can see her growth throughout the novel as she becomes more thoughtful while still retaining her bravery. I also liked that she isn’t perfect. In one part of the book she makes a choice that haunts her afterwards. I completely understand why she made the choice, but also why she later regrets that choice. I think it’s what most of us would do in her situation.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, but I’m very sad that the series isn’t complete even though this book was published 5 years ago. I recommend to adults and young adults, especially if you’re a fantasy fan.
Why I gave this book 4/5 stars: Unique story, understandable and likable characters, well written. I just wish it was longer!