LOVE AND LOYALTY. As the youngest daughter of the House of Fane, Asa lives every day of her life in honor of both, for herself and her people. But as her kingdom’s food and energy crisis peaks, Asa must find more to fuel Fane’s survival.
Taking the place of her older sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the prosperous House of Westlet, seems like a straightforward solution. Forging an unforeseen bond, however, leads to an unavoidable division of loyalties. One simple truth lies at the heart of the matter, and only Asa can decide which one to tell.
Romance, politics, and space adventure intersect in this first book of Tessa Elwood’s addictive debut duology.
I enjoyed the concept behind this novel immensely. There was connection to some of the characters but not all and it was bumpy.
A few things bothered me about the structure. The world building was minimal and I would have enjoyed greater descriptions and explanations. Second was the relationship between Asa and Eagle. Their interaction in a good front half of the book was so disjointed and odd I had a hard time following. The second half seemed forced. Third was the lack of meat to the story. There was a lot of monologuing from Asa and the secondary characters that were most intriguing we only got glimpses of.
That said, it had a Dunes quality that Classic Sci-Fi readers would appreciate. Eagles's companions were the most captivating characters. They deserve more attention. Several philosophical and social themes are interwoven into the storyline but felt somewhat glossed over. It's an interesting idea and my interest is peaked for the sequel. I hope she puts a bit more development into book two. Overall a good read and debut from Tessa.