Enter an alternate 1920’s world of magic and adventure in this gripping, new adult, fantasy romance…
Orphaned and alone, Jasminda is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her magical abilities are feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive – an injured spy who steals her heart.
Jack’s mission behind enemy lines nearly cost him his life but he is saved by the healing power of a mysterious young woman. Together they embark on a perilous journey straight into the heart of a centuries-old conflict.
Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.
The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.
New Adult. Recommended for readers 17+.
The world and magic system is fascinating. The backstory into how the world came to be what it is interesting too.
I had it reminded to me when watching a Korean drama (Another Oh Hae Young) that I like the chase/ realizing they like each other/ building of the romance more than the actual part when they are in a romantic relationship. Once the couple gets together I lose a bit of interest in the relationship. This book does not build the main couples relationship so it can feel insta-lovey. Not being able to enjoy the part that I like the most in romance made me not enjoy it as much as I could have. There is so much time spent telling you they love each other but not enough spent showing you their love.
I wish there was more world building. Part of me wishing this was for more fantasy than romance. I wish the characters were more nuanced/dimensional rather than being straight good. There are moments when the characters are stopped from making hard decisions that would make them grey.
I can not tell how nuanced it is.
Overall, I enjoyed the world building more than anything. I wish that there was more work built on the relationship and the fantasy elements. It feels like a bunch but nothing really at all at the end.