Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.
Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.
Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.
As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate
First Impressions Last:
This new world sounds exciting and so completely and utterly new. We become curious at the strange names that are used in the blurb (Estilorian Plane, Mercesti etc), making us want to read the novel so we can find out what these strange terms mean.
ALSO. Guess what just came out recently?!
Behind the 285 Pages:
Straight into the novel we get a glossary. Brilliant idea, especially with so many new terms coming into play in this novel, as well as a great start to become familiar with everything, so we're not stopping to try figure out what it all means.
Without having read the Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy, the way that we get to explore the world within the Estilorian Plane is brilliant. Everything we experience with Tate there keeps our minds reeling for more and our curiosity peaks. Very much action packed, I didn't really expect as much as we were given but it was still brilliantly done. Essentially what brought this down a rating than being a 5 was the start, the start of the novel didn't really get me going as much as the rest of the novel did. It started off a little slow for me, especially starting to get used to all the new terms that they use as well as all the family names etc. As well as the constant shift in character perspectives, was a little overbearing, especially when this is a first read without having read the prequel trilogy. (this is only in the start of the novel though, throughout the rest of the novel it all flowed brilliantly and fit nice together)
The love story within it all was thrilling.*sigh, smile and looking off into the distance* Enough. Said.
I love the character make-up of Tate, she's an excellent female protagonist (which many books seem to lack lately, because I really just want to slap half of them in the face). The way that the family is made up and their actions and values bring us close to home because we feel so familiar with all the bickering yet love shown to the family.
Defy Prequel Trilogy Becoming (Daughter's of Saraqael #1)
At the Other End:Every three years, Amber Hopkins explodes. Okay, not a blown-to-smithereens explosion, but whatever it is always hurts like hell and leaves her life a shambles. She’s already worked her way through five foster placements, and she’s doing whatever she can to avoid getting blasted into a sixth. As her eighteenth birthday approaches and she feels the strange and powerful energy building, disaster looms. When the inevitable explosion occurs, her life gets its biggest shakeup yet. She’ll not only learn how her fellow foster and best friend, Gabriel, really feels about her, but she’ll discover that she isn’t really without family. To top it all off, she’ll finally find out why she’s having the power surges: she isn’t entirely human. Amber must Become, transitioning to another plane of existence and risking the loss of the most important relationship she’s ever had. Her choice will impact the future of an entire race of beings, and will pit her against an enemy that will prey upon her doubt to try and take her very life. Kind of makes the explosions now seem like a cakewalk.
Behind 295 Pages
Central (Daughter's of Saraqael #2)
At the Other End:For avid student Olivia Murdoch, life on the Estilorian plane is filled with wondrous adventure. Every lesson about her new existence is both exciting and challenging. Along with her sisters, she embraces this non-human half of herself. Helping with her lessons is her Gloresti, James. Teacher, scholar and distractingly attractive, James takes on his roles of Olivia’s guide and protector with equal dedication. As he learns the human emotions that Estilorians no longer experience, he starts to see Olivia as much more than just an assigned pairing. The physically weakest of her sisters, Olivia trains hard to learn things that no typical human classroom can impart. When they travel to “Central,” the Estilorian base, she comes to understand why she must become strong enough to defend herself. She and her sisters are targets. Not all Estilorians welcome them. In fact, more than one would see them dead.
Behind 357 Pages
Foretold (Daughter's of Saraqael #3)
At the Other End:Centuries before she was born, Skye Tomaganuk was a subject of the most important prophecy in Estilorian history. As one of three half-human daughters born of the Corgloresti, Saraqael, she is part of the fulfillment of Knorbis’ Great Foretelling. What she doesn’t know is just what the Foretelling entails for her and her sisters. As Skye and her sisters continue their training and visit each of the Estilorian class homelands, they soon learn how much impact their human emotions have on their father’s kind. Skye is particularly interested in the effect of emotions on her Gloresti, Caleb. Although she wants their relationship to progress beyond just that of protector and assignment, he proves particularly resistant to the idea. She’ll soon have much more to worry about than a lack of romance, however. With the help of a traitor, Grolkinei infiltrates the Estilorian stronghold, imprisoning Skye’s mind and putting all Estilorians at risk. It leads them all toward the greatest battle of their kind, and puts Skye’s faith to the ultimate test.